Milk Alternatives – The Essential Guide

Milk Alternatives

Many of us grew up drinking milk every day however, these days many have decided to switch to appropriate milk alternatives. Why? Sadly, lactose intolerance is increasingly problematic and many people don’t even realize that they suffer from the condition, especially among children. While up to 93% of children have had contact with a medical professional in the last year, testing for allergies may not be at the top of their list of priorities.

The reason this is becoming a global issue is that most people are consuming conventionally processed milk from cows that are fed a steady stream of antibiotics. Also, the pasteurization process destroys essential enzymes and probiotics, as well as alters vital amino acids. This process is creating an unnatural product that puts a burden on the body.

Dr. Budwig used dairy combined with the flaxseed oil in preparing the Budwig mix. The mixing of the flaxseed oil with the dairy seems to neutralize some of the negative aspects of dairy. She also said that some hard cheeses would be acceptable on occasion, and only small amounts (2 oz).

Dairy vs Milk Alternatives

At the Budwig Center, we encourage our cancer patients to use raw, fermented dairy from organic, grass-fed goats, sheep, or cow. We always recommend organic produce. In the case of cows milk, preferably from pasture-raised cows, to avoid chemicals. If this is a challenge where you live, you could order kefir grains and make homemade cottage cheese or quark. Plant-based dairy, unfortunately, will not replace the animal-based dairy products.

It’s no secret that the dairy industry has been shaken up by plant-based alternatives over the last couple of years. Countless people are trying to change their diet to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. Many others who suffer from dairy or lactose intolerance need to rely on plant-based options if they crave a bowl of cereal in the morning.

Luckily, this growing trend has made it easier than ever to “have your cheese and eat it” too. This once-niche sector has exploded among startups, agriculturalists, and researchers alike. Here are some of the most popular forms of milk alternatives along with a couple who are just beginning to make waves in the industry.

If you have cancer watch the following video and then keep reading to see our list of dairy alternatives:

Milk Alternatives – The Essential Guide

Below is a list of some of the best and most delicious milk alternatives.

Oat Milk

Oat milk is probably the most popular and the most economical alternatives to dairy. Oat milk is simply rolled oats and water blended then strained to leave the pulp behind.

Do you want to know to make your own oat milk? Here’s a nice and simple recipe from Minimalist Baker:

  • Add 1 cup rolled oats + 4 cups water to a high-speed blender and blend on high for 30-45 seconds.
  • Then strain through a clean t-shirt or towel for best results.

You can obtain creamy oat milk every time that’s perfect for adding to coffee, matcha, cereal, oats, baked goods, granola, and more!  For variety add Himalayan salt, a date, vanilla extract, cacao powder, or berries when blending for added flavor!

Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of the most popular dairy alternatives to hit the market. This nut-based beverage is made by soaking almonds in water before blending the concoction. After the solids are filtered out of the mixture, you’re left with a milk-like drink. It is often fortified with other vitamins and some sugar for flavor.

However, those with tree nut allergies must steer clear from almond milk. Almonds are a type of tree nut that can spark an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to this food. Along with walnuts, pistachios, and cashews, almonds are a no-go for many people. Be sure you don’t have a tree nut allergy before drinking almond milk.

Cashew Milk

Though cashew milk isn’t as popular as its relative, the almond, cashew milk is becoming an increasingly popular option for people who crave a fuller profile. Not only does cashew milk offer a creamier texture, but it also contains high levels of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins. It is made in a way that’s similar to the creation of almond milk.

Rice Milk

Rice milk is created from a blend of milled rice and water. According to some sources, this is the least likely alternative to cause an allergic reaction. Since it’s naturally sweeter than some of the other alternatives, you may love the way it tastes. However, this option contains a lot of carbohydrates, making it a beverage that should be consumed in moderation.

Pea Milk

According to some pea milk manufacturers, crafting pea milk uses 93% less water than traditional dairy milk. This product is created by blending peas with water and an oil ingredient, like sunflower oil. This results in a high-protein, creamy option that’s perfect for your morning cup of coffee.

What about calcium?

Calcium intake is vital for strong bones and a healthy immune system. Because our body cannot actively make calcium on its own, we need to consume calcium-rich products to keep our bodies going. For years, parents have been utilizing milk as one of the primary sources of calcium, but these ideas are changing as we learn more about the harmful effects of dairy consumption. For example, Sesame is a great source of calcium.

There’s no escaping the fact that dairy is an excellent source of calcium. As more and more people begin to hop on the plant-based bandwagon, some may fear that their body isn’t getting enough calcium as it should be. Fortunately, this idea is a myth! There are plenty of foods out there that deliver just as much — if not more — calcium than the average glass of milk. Here are some of the best foods you should ingest for ample calcium intake:

  • Collard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Seafood, like canned salmon and canned sardines
  • Bok choy
  • Kale

Is milk on its way out the door? It might be too soon to tell. But when you’re ready to invest in your health, rely on these non-dairy products to help your body — and the planet.

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  1. Sharee Darmody

    How healthy is almond milk brand Milk Lab
    I sm a brest cancer surviver and love my morning latte, cannot have milk as it does noy agree with me, but do worry about what else is in almond milk

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Sharee, not familiar with that almond milk, but we can tell you to read the label and check for added sugars and other unknows (processed) ingredients.

  2. Donna

    Nice to have this coming from you.

  3. elisabeth berg

    Why not anything about oat-milk?

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Dear Elisabeth,

      Yes, Oatmilk is one we use as well and is easy to find in the shops. A good alternative, certainly. We included a few alternatives in this article, don’t know how that got left out (lol)

  4. Angie

    Is oat milk okay.?

    • Kathy Jenkins

      Yes Angie, don’t know how we missed including that in the list, we actually use it quite a bit here in the Budwig kitchen

  5. Nicole Zandoli

    just ‘food for thought’ but it’s actually reallly easy to make nut milks yourself. just soak about a cup of the (organic is better) nuts in water overnight, and then drain in the morning. put nuts and about4 cups of water in a blender, and turn on high for maybe two minutes. While it’s blending, I add a tablespoon of cinnamon and about 1/8 cup maple syrup – both are optional. the milk is insanely delicious, and i know the source of all the ingredients – and i am avoiding guar gum and other ingredients that i wouldn’t chose myself. You can strain out the nut solids, or enjoy them as part of the food. if you strain out the solids, try putting them in pan in the oven for a couple hours on a low heat. put the dried bits in a grinder afterwards and viola! nut flour! i use this to make cookies rather than wheat flour. Delicious and totally from my own hands.

  6. John

    I understand sesame seeds are a good calcium source and suspect its best to grind them as otherwise they may pass right through the body


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