As I have stated here on my blog approximately fifty times, I am intolerant to dairy. It is hard and can make cooking and/or eating a challenging affair on occasion, therefore I thought I might provide some information about dairy-free milk alternatives for any other persons with intolerances or allergies to dairy.
There are ten different types of non-dairy milks:
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk
- Flax milk
- Hazelnut milk
- Hemp milk
- Oat milk
- Rice milk
- Soy milk
- Sunflower milk
- Cashew milk
While I wish I could claim with sincerity that I have sampled every variety of milk alternatives, I have only experimented with almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk and cashew milk. Out of the types I have tried, my preference is hands down cashew milk. Almond milk is tasty, but I find cashew milk to have a subtler nutty flavour whereas almond milk can be overpowering, depending on the brand you purchase.
I do not encourage anyone to give up dairy unless for dietary reasoning, or any type of food for that matter, but for persons who are unable to consume cow’s milk, the numerous varieties of dairy-free milk alternatives are truly wonderful. Most types contain as much, if not more calcium than cow’s milk, and tend to be lower in calories if weight is a concern for you. They also tend to contain less sugar, making them a great alternative for individuals trying to reduce their sugar consumption.
These type of milk alternatives are available at most grocery retailers, and I would argue that they are slowly becoming more popular amongst consumers. They are not as tasty as cow’s milk in my own opinion, and they can be tricky to use in baking because of their flavour, however they are certainly edible. For persons like me, they are a dietary sample, and I am grateful for so many non-dairy milk alternatives.