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Got Milk, But Which Kind?

Filed Under: Health Foods at 9:47 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Milk

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, giant cookies, cold cereal and birthday cakes are all foods that practically beg for milk. They are simply not complete without that cold, refreshing drink. When you want it, milk hits the spot every time. But these days, reaching for a glass of milk isn’t as simple as it once was. You are faced with far more options than you used to be. Should you stick with traditional cow’s milk or try a different animal, a goat for instance? If you opt for the first, is skim, 1%, 2% or whole best? And, what about grain-based or soy milks? How do you choose? Well, relax and let the research decide for you.

When all of the milks were lined up, nutritionists gave three types top billing.  The third best was oat milk. Oat milk has been compared, in taste, to a sugary Quaker Instant. It beats out the other grain-based milk, rice milk, by two grams . . . of fiber. While rice milk has a limited number of nutrients, oat milk has two grams of fiber in each serving, giving you a little extra help fighting cholesterol. But even with the fiber, oat milk can’t beat the second best: soy milk. Thought to fight bad cholesterol and protect against some cancers, soy milk allows lactose intolerants to satisfy their dairy craving without hampering their health. By choosing the unflavored, light variety, the drinkers can rest assured that they aren’t consuming anything too bad for them. But if you don’t have any dairy allergies, then the very best milk for you to drink is . . .

Fat free (skim) cow’s milk! That’s right. Nothing beats Bessie. She and all of the girls in her herd offer you the best beverage option, once the fat’s been removed. Why? Well, it’s the protein. The protein in cow’s milk offers numerous benefits that other drinks can’t. In a recent study, researchers found that men who drank milk after weight lifting gained more muscle and lost more body fat than men who drank carbohydrate or soy drinks.  And if you want to add a little chocolate for flavor, go for it. A separate study tested the effects of consuming chocolate milk as opposed to sports drinks when bicycling. The men with the milk mustaches were able to cycle 54 percent longer than the others.  So the next time you’re in the grocery store, don’t hesitate to grab a gallon of old-fashioned, skim cow’s milk. Going with the traditional doesn’t make you afraid of change, it makes you healthy.

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