It's easy to get tricked into thinking that a lot of drinks we find in the dairy case at the grocery store are as nutritious or economical as real dairy milk. For 25 cents per 8 ounces, milk treats you to nine essential nutrients. You're being tricked if you think the nutrition of alternative drinks offers you and your family the same nutritional benefits.
According to Midwest Dairy, milk alternatives use fortification to mimic the nutrient profile of cow's milk.
Here's how some of the most common dairy alternatives stack up:
- Soy beverages--made from soybeans and are a good source of protein, but the soy protein is a lower quality protein than the whey protein found in dairy products.
- Rice-based beverages-- are generally processed from brown rice and are fortified with nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Rice beverages contain only one gram of protein compared to eight grams in cow's milk.
- Nut-based beverages-- can be ground from any nut, the most popular is almond. Almond beverages supply only one gram of protein per serving and lack many of the natural benefits found in almonds.
It's okay to get tricked on Halloween,
but don't let it happen when you're making nutritional decisions!