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Dairy Cow Milk: Delicious Natural Alternatives

If you like milk but are concerned about dairy milk, here you have several alternatives that fit perfectly as a substitute. I have purposely omitted soy milk, as it has been proved to be harmful, even more than dairy milk. Eastern people never consumed soy milk in the form Westerns do. They know it is unhealthy since centuries ago. The only way to consume soy healthily is in its tempeh form, which is a fermented food. Try these alternatives and enjoy their new, subtle tastes.

Milk Substitutes (Alternatives)

Other animal milks

Many people have a hard time digesting cow’s milk, but goat’s milk is much easier on the stomach. It is naturally homogenized, meaning that it won’t separate over time. It is richer, so those who need a fat free diet or those who are used to skim milk will probably want to find another milk substitute. With the higher fat content, it does make great milk-based soap!

Nut and grain milks

While not true milks, there are many nut and grain milks on the market. You’ll want to be careful if choosing to drink a store-bought nut or grain milk, as many of them will contain added sweeteners, preservatives, synthetic vitamins, or artificial flavors.

  • Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated flesh of the coconut. Coconut milk is higher in fat, but like soy, it has no cholesterol.
  • Almond milk is made like soy milk and has a nutty taste. It is thinner and more clear that soy milk, so you may need more in your coffee if used as creamer.
  • Cashew milk is made by soaking cashews in water. After a while they dissolve and can be strained and used for milk.
  • Hemp milk is made by soaking hemp seeds in water and grinding them, much like soy. Hemp is naturally high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Making your own hemp milk is simple if you want to avoid certain ingredients in store bought varieties.
  • Rice milk is great for those with allergies, but can sometimes be produced with potential allergens. Watch the label to avoid problems.
  • Sunflower milk has just started being produced for retail sale. It comes from the sunflower seed.
  • Other milks that may be available in your area are oat milk, quinoa milk, and a grain mix milk which uses several kind of grains.

Do you use milk alternatives? Have you found any that are better than others? Let us know!

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Debra Maslowski

About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Connect with Debra Maslowski on G+.

Enjoy These Natural Alternatives to Dairy Cow Milk was written by Debra Maslowski.

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