Sunday, February 18, 2018
Cow's Milk and Soy Milk are the Best, Says Study
2/5/2018 2:25:17 PM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

Montreal, Canada (4E) - Research has again confirmed cow's milk is the healthiest dairy milk. It's also determined that soy milk is the most comparable to cow's milk for overall balance, and is "a clear winner" as the best non-dairy or alternative milk.

Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada recently conducted an experiment to determine the nutritional value of plant-based milk beverages. They compared the health benefits of the four most popular alternative milks: soy, almond, coconut and rice.

They examined the number of calories and amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates found in each. They also looked into the vitamins and minerals the contained in these dairy milk substitutes.

In a study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, researchers said cow's milk still has the most nutritional value, with 8 grams of protein; 9 grams of fat and 11.5 grams of carbohydrates.

On the other hand, soy is the most comparable for overall balance. It's "a clear winner," said the researchers.

Soy has more protein than all the other milk options analyzed, with 7 to 12 grams and 95 calories a glass. Scientists also credited soy milk for its phytonutrients, which have been linked to reducing cancer risk.

Coconut milk is also low-calorie but has no protein. Its calories are mostly from saturated fats. Rice milk has few nutrients there's a danger to drinking too much rice milk. Researchers said "consumption of rice milk as an alternative to cow's milk without proper care can result in malnutrition, especially in the case of infants."

Almond milk is low in protein and carbohydrates, but has fewer calories (36 per serving). It's rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which can help with weight loss and management. Previous studies have also shown almond milk can reduce cholesterol.

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