Being a dietitian who works at the Dairy Association, I am often asked about the differences between milk and milk alternatives. Having choices can be a good thing but overwhelming at the same time. It is difficult to keep up with all of the options available: almond, rice, cashew, coconut, hemp and soy to name a few. The simple answer concerning the difference is milk alternatives, or imitators, do not have naturally occurring vitamins and minerals like cow’s milk.
But what about the price and the specific nutrition composition of each beverage? I recently came across an infographic that shows the facts comparing milk and milk alternatives. This may help answer some of the questions you have concerning what is in your glass.
(Nutrition information based on an eight ounce glass)
Don’t be fooled by some of the nutrition claims and number of choices at the grocery store. Make sure to read nutrition labels to help guide you. Cow’s milk is the most naturally wholesome, nutritious beverage which provides multiple health benefits.