7. Soy Milk
Perhaps the earliest known substitute for milk, soy milk is low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. It is also a convenient alternative for those who are vegan or lactose intolerant. Soy milk also provides significant levels of protein, also helpful for the vegan diet. When it comes to getting the most out of soy milk, it’s important to avoid added sugars. Otherwise, ensure it is calcium fortified. All in all, soy milk’s ingredients make it a nutritious, and perhaps a superior alternative to traditional milk, boosting heart and digestive system health due to the good fats and fiber content.
6. Almond Milk
Another popular alternative to standard milk, almond milk is very healthy due to its almond(unsurprisingly) content. Almond milk has less protein than many of its counterparts, but also less fat. Like soy milk, it is free of cholesterol. It provides significant levels of minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium, along with other nutrients that ultimately make it quite beneficial to the body via inflammation reduction and brain function. The fiber content can also prove beneficial for digestive health and bowel movements. Almond milk is best when fortified, giving it more of a nutritional punch, provided there is no extra sugar.Related: 14 Foods to Eat to Slow Aging
5. Hemp Milk
You may not have ever heard of hemp milk before now. After all, it is a relatively new development. Most people associate hemp with marijuana, but contrary to what you might think, there is no THC in it, so you’re not going to get a high off of drinking it. Hemp milk is a lot like almond milk in terms of its flavor and consistency. Nutritionally speaking, it has limited levels of saturated fat, but also appreciable levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats that benefit heart and brain health, among other things. It also contains various minerals.
4. Coconut Milk
Contrary to popular depictions in the media, coconut milk is not just regular milk coming from a coconut. In fact, it is only when the ‘meat’ of the coconut is ground and added to the water in coconuts that coconut milk is formed. One potential advantage coconut has over the other milk substitutes right out the gate is its sweet flavor. If you have a sweet tooth, this natural sweetness eliminates a need for added sugars which can end up harming health. However, there are some concerns about the levels of saturated fat in coconut, which could hurt heart health.