This is milk that comes directly from the teat of a cow.
Nutrition Stand Point
- When milk comes from a cow it is rather nutritious, it is high with fats and proteins and it also has some natural sugars in it (lactose) it also has a large amount of calcium in it.
- Lactose intolerants is one of the biggest food intolerances in the western world!
- Calcium is important for bone growth, muscle contraction as well as helping with heart health
- A calcium deficiency can lead to muscle cramps, as calcium is essential for muscle contractions and can also lead to a bone disease called osteoporosis- this is a thinning of the bones which can cause people to shrink and be more susceptible to fractures in the future.
Cow milk is specifically made for cows, so it has the best formula in it to a growing calf to help it grow up healthy and strong. When milking a cow it simulates the teat in the same way that a calf would when it wants feeding. From there the milk is taken to a plant and cooked to a very high temperature in order to get rid of any bacteria that doesn’t agree with human consumption. Also all of the puss is removed, to a certain extent. This is something a lot of people don’t like about cow milk, the fact that it contains pus, which is fair enough, you wouldn’t pop a spot and eat the remanence of it would you? WOULD YOU?
That said, a lot of cows are fed GM grain nowadays, which can affect the milk of the cow as it has been show to effect the cows. Check out my article on Genetically Modified food!
In America, some of their cows are injected or fed with growth hormone, in order to try to get more milk from one cow! There are some pretty horrific side effects of this on the cow and on the milk. Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t think having hormones in my milk is healthy, messing with hormones is something nobody should do, some people do it, bodybuilders mainly, people that have hormone deficiencies and there are other good medical reasons for using it. Drinking It in your milk doesn’t seem like it would be safe for consumption, whether it has been rigorously tested or not. Hormones within foods or foods that can alter your hormones are a big no no, when you start to mess with your hormones is when you get a whole manner of problems, so it’s best to be safe and keep away from any milk that may have been in contact with growth hormone. This said not all cow milk has hormones in it. If you decide to get milk I would recommend getting organic milk as the cows haven’t been fed GM feed and are more likely producing healthier milk.
Nut milk is exactly what is says it is, it is milk that is made from nuts. There is only one nut that has natural milk that can be taken from it and that is coconut milk! Coconut wilk can be drank straight from the coconut once the coconut has been cracked open!
Positives of coconut milk
Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in:
- Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6
Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. This is a natural source of milk that doesn’t cause any animals any sort of discomfort and after the milk is processed the milk can be used to make a lot of other things so that none of the coconut is wasted.
Negatives of coconut milk
Majority of coconut milk brands are packaged in cans. These cans are lined with the synthetic compound bisphenol A or BPA to prevent corrosion. BPA can seep into the packaged food. The more acidic or fatty the packaged food, the latter which is the case with coconut milk, the higher the levels of leached BPA.
What is BPA?
Found to mimic the function of hormones, BPA has been associated with the development and subsequent worsening of hormone-dependent cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
High urinary BPA levels in American adults have been consistently linked to peripheral arterial disease too. Continued exposure may also lead to type 2 diabetes mellitus because of its capability to bring about insulin resistance. BPA is also associated with childhood obesity as well as early onset of menstruation in American girls.
From coconuts as a whole you will get quite a lot of fat in your diet which may not be ideal for some people. Here is what a 100ml serving of coconut milk contains:
- 154 calories
- 1.4g protein
- 15g fat (13.2g saturates)
- 3.4g carbohydrate
Almond milk positives
The other main milk that is made from nuts is almond milk again this is exactly what it says on the tin! Almonds do not have a natural milk like substance within them, so in order to to make the milk like substance from the almonds they have to be refined down. While refining anything some of the nutrients within them are lost, this goes for the cow milk too. This is not a massive problem as it can be artificially added in later on.
Like conventional dairy products, almond milk is highly nutritious, and a good source of several important fat-soluble vitamins like:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- It is also a good source of omega fatty acids, which are most commonly associated with fish.
- Like the cow milk this milk is also very high in calcium again like before calcium is very important to bodily functions not just to “help your bones grow strongerer”
One of the main problems with this kind of milk is that a lot of people happen to be allergic to nut products and as there is no way that is can be said it hasn’t been in contact with other nuts a lot of people will be unable to get this possibly better alternative to cows milk.
Soy milk is also highly nutritious but the nutrients can leave the product through the process of refinement, which means that it may be added in artificially later on. Soy milk can be made from whole soybeans or full-fat soy flour. The dry beans are soaked in water overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours or more depending on the temperature of the water. The rehydrated beans then undergo wet grinding with enough added water to give the desired solids content to the final product.
Positives of soy milk
One cup of soy milk contains 3.6 grams of fat, 6.3 grams of protein, 104 calories and only 0.5 gram of saturated fat. In addition to being low in calories and total fat it is also a great source of protein, soy milk's high unsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio promotes healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Although, soy milk also contains 0.5 gram of heart-healthy fibre, a 1 cup serving provides a relatively high 7.6 percent of your adequate daily intake of sodium.
Soya milk also contains small amounts of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium.
Soy milk is naturally lower in sugar content than regular milk. Cow's milk has about 12 grams of sugar per cup as opposed to only 7 grams in soy milk. This is why a cup of whole soy milk has only 80 calories, which is the equivalent of skimmed milk. In addition, the monounsaturated fatty acid in soy milk can inhibit your intestinal absorption of fat, which is another great advantage for weight loss. Drinking soy milk also gives you an extra dose of fibre, keeping your feeling fuller for longer time.
Soy milk is a rich source of phytoestrogen, a unique plant hormone that can inhibit the production of testosterone in men. Reduced testosterone levels can significantly cut the risk of prostate cancer. Studies have shown that men who eat a soy-rich diet are less likely to develop prostate hypertrophy or prostate cancer.
Negatives of soy milk
There is a lot of genetically modified soy products as that is one of the things that is on the GM list, for more information on genetically modified foods go to my blog on it, on my website – erbwellbeing.weebly.com. If the soya that is being used is GM soya, then it is safe to say that you will be eating GM milk too, which isn’t ideal.
There are often sweeteners within soya milk to make it taste better, this is usually shown by the term “natural flavourings” sweeteners and other refined flavourings have been taken from other substances by a chemical process and are not the greatest for you.
The positives can also be a negative: the amount of Phytoestrogens, this is a plant compound that can alter oestrogen in the body and studies have shown that to much of this can alter certain hormones, again like I said with the cow milk you don’t want to go around messing about with hormones, which isn’t a great idea.
We can see from the positives a negatives above, each milk isn’t without a negative standpoint, but overall from the research I have found, nut milk happens to be the best milk that there is for you whether that be coconut milk or almond milk.
Coconut milk has a lot more fat in it so if you are particularly conscious of your fat intake, I would keep away from this. Although as it has been said before on one of my blogs “the benefits of coconut oil” fats aren’t as bad for you as you may have first thought. The main problems with almond milk is that some of the nutrients can be lost in the refining process, and that some people are allergic to nuts.
Then again all of these milks have allergies in them, which effect a lot of people worldwide: lactose intolerance, soy allergies or nut allergies. If you’re unlucky enough to have all of these there is also goats milk that you can try, if that’s a no go try some breast milk. << That’s a joke but if you really want to it won’t cause any harm.
Let me know your thoughts. Don’t hesitate to get in contact me, if you disagree with what I’ve written.