TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – World Milk Day is celebrated every June 1. In 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) set a movement Enjoy Dairy or enjoy the product milk as a theme.
Milk contains an important source of nutrients so that it can keep the body’s organs functioning properly and protect the body from various diseases. No wonder, children to adults often consume milk.
The many types of milk circulating may make you wonder which type is the healthiest. Here are seven choices of milk and the healthiest alternatives quoted from Healthline.
Hemp milk is made from ground flaxseed and soaked in water. While it doesn’t contain the psychoactive components of the Cannabis sativa plant, this drink provides more healthy fats and protein than other plant-based milks. Hemp milk contains calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fiber, and B vitamins that can support heart health and boost immunity.
While drinking milk made by soaking whole oats doesn’t provide the same health benefits as eating a bowl of whole oats, it is at least very nutritious. Whole-grain milk is higher in carbohydrates than other plant-based milks and also offers extra fiber. Some of the fiber in oats is soluble fiber, which helps slow down the digestive process and keeps you full longer. In addition, the soluble fiber in oat milk can help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels.
Almond milk is a delicious nondairy milk alternative for people who cannot tolerate or choose not to drink milk. However, it is nutritionally very different from cow’s milk. Unsweetened almond milk is low in calories and much lower in carbohydrates than cow’s milk, making it perfect for consumption on a low-carb diet.
Besides having a good taste, coconut milk can be a safe alternative to non-dairy milk if you have an allergy to nuts. Coconut milk has a mild tropical taste. Since coconut is a healthy source of MCTs, consuming coconut milk can increase good cholesterol (HDL).
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Cow’s milk most commonly consumed and is a source of high quality protein. Cow’s milk is naturally rich in calcium, B vitamins and many minerals, it is also fortified with vitamins A and D making it a very nutritious drink for both children and adults. However, due to lactose intolerance or milk protein allergy, people who have difficulty digesting cow’s milk are advised not to consume it at all.
About 80 percent of the protein in cow’s milk comes from casein. Most dairy cows in the United States produce milk that has two main types of casein, A1 beta – casein and A2 beta – casein. When compared to regular cow’s milk, A2 milk is easier to digest and causes less digestive discomfort. However, this is not a good option if you have been diagnosed with a milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance.
nutritionally, soy milk closest to cow’s milk because soy is an excellent source of complete protein. Soy is a great choice if you’re avoiding dairy but want a higher-protein dairy drink. Consuming soy milk can also help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and breast cancer risk.
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