Let’s talk milk! Milk is a great source of calcium, vitamins A and D and B12, plus many others. This powerhouse has been transforming from not just dairy milk but milks made from beans and nuts – like almond, cashew and soy milk. Here is a breakdown of the benefits for each powerhouse:

Dairy Milk

The queen of all milks! Did you know most milk comes from females? Females are known as cows while male cattle are known as bulls.

Dairy milk and milk based products produce a great balance of protein, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Studies have shown that a lack of milk intake diet can cause osteoporosis especially for women over 50 who need higher intakes of calcium. Also, according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, studies have shown people who regularly have one or more servings of milk or milk based products have a lower risk of developing colon cancer.

Think milk just helps your bones and prevents you from cancers? Think again. Milk and tooth decay work hand and hand. Eating cheese and other dairy products reduces acidity, increases saliva and decreases plaque. Drink up to keep those pearly whites healthy!

Soy Milk

Soy milk has been around for quite some time. If you did not know, soy milk is made from the soybean. Soybeans are grown in Asia, United States, Argentina and Brazil. Did you know a soybean is considered a legume? Soy milk delivers many of the same benefits as cow’s milk but according to Silk, soy milk is low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Also, it’s high in fiber, protein, omega-3 fats and minerals such as folate and potassium.

Silk.com says there are two types of soymilks. Silk’s brand uses whole soybeans which preserves the nutrients, therefore making it a healthy option. The second type of soymilk is made from isolated soy protein which is made by chemically extracting the protein from the bean itself. Before you purchase a soymilk that is not Silk, look and see how it was made to get the healthiest option.

Check out some of these ideas on how to use soy milk:

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is made simply by cashews and water being blended together to form a cream substance. Cashew milk is lactose-free making it easier to incorporate in people’s diets who are lactose intolerant, gluten-free and vegans. Homemade cashew milk is high in vitamin K. Vitamin K helps build strong bones and prevent blood clots. 

Cashew milks nutrients can vary depending on whether it is homemade or bought from a store. Livestrong.com suggests checking the label before you buy it to see what it consists of.  

Cookie + Kate blog breakdowns an easy way to make homemade cashew milk. Check out Kate and her dog’s blog to learn how.

Each one of these milk’s vary in nutrients and minerals but all of them are healthy in their own way. Try each one and let us know which one is your favorite.