If you are lactose intolerant, Vegan or someone who is looking to mix things up a bit, Vegetable milks are a healthy alternative. There are various types of vegetable milk which of course differ in flavour, consistency, and colour. A lot of people fancy vegetable milk because it consists of fewer calories and it does not have any saturated fat. It has highly rich induced protein and vitamins. Although vegetable milk is pragmatic for allergic and intolerable items, it can also trigger allergic reactions. Soy, along with nuts like almonds, can trigger such allergic reactions so one has to be prudent while choosing vegetable milk.
There is a diverse range of types of vegetable milk that one can choose from and enjoy.
Almond milk consists of phosphorus that helps in rejuvenating energy. It also has high levels of vitamin B and E that makes it a great antioxidant. Almond milk is really good for strengthening your teeth and bones. It also helps in maintaining blood cholesterol levels.
Soy milk is most probably the best known and most consumed vegetable milk. It is closest to cow’s milk if we take macronutrients into consideration. It has an insane amount of protein and has a number of carbohydrates. With numerous beneficial effects, such as helping in preventing prostate cancer, osteoporosis and, strengthening blood vessels along with the cardiovascular system, soy milk is in the list of favourites of many.
Rice milk has a lot of components that help make our body grow stronger. It has a high content of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, or starch. It has very few calories and is easily digestible. Despite these body nurturing components, one should take extra care because of the high amount of starch present in rice milk. This can lead to sugar overload, which is very harmful to those who have diabetes.
Coconut milk is hands down my favourite milk of all time because of its taste and nutritional value. A glass of coconut milk before exercising gives you the energetic boost you need and it will stick with you for a long time. Not only this, coconut milk helps with the digestion of the food and lowering blood pressure. But on a side note, it should be noticed that it has a high level of fat, therefore the intake should be kept in check.
Oatmeal, being a type of cereal, contains a lot of plant-based protein and fibre. However, it should be kept in mind that just like wheat; Oatmeal contains gluten, so naturally, it is not recommended for people who have celiac (a disease that affects the small intestine). Oat milk helps in reducing cholesterol levels, stress, and anxiety. It also provides energy and helps to strengthen the bones.
Hazelnut milk is loaded with minerals, such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and vitamin K. It is also a rich source of fats and carbohydrates. Due to calcium being present in hazelnut, there is an increase in neuronal tissues which in fact helps in retaining knowledge. It is quite popular among the youth because of these reasons and also because of its rich flavour.
Just like other types of vegetable milk, walnut milk has a lot of properties in it that make it an excellent choice. It delays ageing, prevents cardiovascular diseases and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It is rich in folic acid and phosphorus. It also helps fight anaemia and helps strengthen the heart. A few studies have also pointed towards the fact that walnut milk also helps in reducing the risk of prostate cancer in relation to men and breast cancer in relation to women.
Poppy Seed Milk
This milk is obtained by grinding the poppy seeds. Poppy Seed milk is rich in protein, vitamin E, iron, and calcium. This vegetable milk helps in strengthening the bones and creates a proper amount of energy. It is also considered very healthy for the skin. It helps in keeping the skin glowing and fresh.
Pumpkin Seed Milk
Pumpkin milk, although not a famous alternative, has a lot of benefits and is highly nutritious. This drink is very popular among senior citizens due to its richness in vitamin A. It reduces the risk of chronic diseases and is very helpful in boosting immunity. Other rich ingredients in the seeds also help in protecting our eyesight. It also helps in losing weight and helps achieve clearer skin.
These were a few of many types of vegetable milk with their properties and benefits. Reading each point carefully might give you the answer to the questions you are looking for. Make sure to make the best out of the answers you get and treat your body right. P.s. I am not picking favourites but try coconut milk. Also read: Do You Use Milk In Your Skincare Routine?