Kinds of Milk and their Differences

Kinds of Milk and their Differences

Olivia Beasley, Writer

Different types of milk have different qualities when it comes to health, cooking, environment, taste. Two main categories of milk are animal and nut/grain.

Animal milk, with the most prominent being cow, is often the most popular. Now there are many kinds of cows milk that have been altered to include or exclude a particular protein within the milk.

Nut and grain milk are becoming more popular. This category includes coconut, almond, oat, rice, cashew, etc. Theis kinds of milk provide an excellent alternative to animal milk.

Health benefits.

Different kinds of milk have different kinds of health benefits. Animal milk specifically cows milk, is a “good source of protein and calcium, as well as nutrients including vitamin B12 and iodine. It also contains magnesium, which is important for bone development and muscle function, and whey and casein, which have been found to play a role in lowering blood pressure.” (Is it better to drink cow’s milk or a dairy-free alternative?- BBC)

But dairy-free alternatives like nut/grain milk tend to have “fewer calories, less fat (except for coconut-based milk), more water content (for better hydration), less protein (except soy). Some are fortified with other vitamins and nutrients” (Going nuts about milk? Here’s what you need to know about plant-based milk alternatives – American society for nutrition)

Environmental impact

Dairy milk is the worst milk for the environment; it Producing meat and dairy is said to release more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other type of food production (6, 7). However, beef cattle release more emissions than dairy cattle overall” (IS DAIRY BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?- the food medic)

But not all dairy alternative milks are better like almond milk witch receive a lot of water to grow and emit gasses when harvested. The best milk for the environment is soy milk.

Soy milk has an excellent environmental performance in terms of water, global warming potential and land-use.  (Which ‘milk’ is best for the environment? We compared dairy, nut, soy, hemp, and grain milks- the conversation). So in the end, it is up to you and your milk preferences.