Growing up, I was always told “No question is a stupid question” which is why I think it is interesting that there is a whole day dedicated to stupid questions. I have to tend to agree with what I was told growing up. I never am afraid to ask a question because I’ve realized that many times, someone else has the same question that I do. Or, maybe a question I have concerns a topic that never would have been addressed if I hadn’t had a question about it. So, today, I thought I would address some questions that I have heard along my way here at the dairy association regarding the different types of ‘milks’ that you may find in the dairy aisle.
Do nuts have milk?
Nuts do not have milk. Milk alternative beverages, such as almond drink, soy drink, and coconut drink, are made by mixing nuts with water and other ingredients. If you are curious about the ingredients of any product, check out the ingredient list on the back of the package. Some ingredients may require a quick Google search.
-Fat-Free Milk Ingredients: FAT FREE MILK, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D3
-Soy Drink Ingredients: SOYMILK (FILTERED WATER, WHOLE SOYBEANS), CANE SUGAR, SEA SALT, CARRAGEENAN, NATURAL FLAVOR, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, RIBOFLAVIN (B2), VITAMIN B12
-Almond Drink Ingredients: ALMOND MILK (FILTERED WATER, ALMONDS), EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SEA SALT, POTASSIUM CITRATE, CARRAGEENAN, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, D-ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL (NATURAL VITAMIN E)
-Coconut Drink Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D-2, L-SELENOMETHIONINE (SELENIUM), ZINC OXIDE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B12
What is the nutritional value of milk v. milk alternatives?
To find out which milk has the most nutrients per serving, check out the nutrition facts label. There you can find out which product has the most naturally occurring nutrients, including protein and calcium. Cow’s milk has 13 essential nutrients that are important for our everyday diets.
Can I drink milk if I am lactose intolerance?
Yes! In the dairy aisle, you can find lactose-free milk. It is real cow’s milk with 13 essential nutrients, just without the lactose—making it easier to digest.