Cow’s Milk is for Baby Cows…… alternatives to milk

There are great, tasty, alternatives to drinking cow’s milk.

I love the question I got from the mother of one of my daughter’s friends, “If you don’t drink milk…what do you drink?”  As if not drinking milk was somehow un-human!

Luckily, for those who don’t want to drink cows milk because you are:

  • cutting down on animal products
  • you just don’t like the hormones (natural or otherwise) in it
  • concerned about the pesticides you are getting from the cows feed
  • you are allergic to lactic acid
  • would like top reduce your risk of cancer

there are other choices.

Let’s compare…shall we?

Cows milk

  • skim is thin, whole is thick
  • calories–146 (60 cal skim)
  • fat–8 g (5 g saturated…0 g in skim)
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Protein–8g
  • Calcium–22% RDA also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, riboflavin, Iron, folate, Magnesium, phosphorus,potassium, sodium,selenium


  1. animal product containing saturated fat and cholesterol which has proven to promote heart disease.
  2. if not organic, you are getting the pesticides from the cows feed
  3.  contains hormones, natural or synthetic..even “organic” milk contains natural hormones due to the cow lactating.  These growth hormones are what helps that tiny calf grow to a full sized cow in a short time.
  4. most likely than not, it contains antibiotics.
  5. some are allergic to dairy’s lactic acid.  See health concerns here.
  6. There are also an increasing number of studies linking dairy (specifically casein, the protein in dairy) with Autism.
  7. Casein converts to casomorphins in our bodies…yes, like morphine, this substance is nature’s way of keeping the baby coming back for more milk. (6 weeks off milk, and you won’t miss it) No other animal in the animal kingdom drinks milk past “infant” stage.
  8. The protein in milk, casein, is the protein used in studies showing a link with cancer cell growth and cancer promotion.  When a 20% casein diet is fed to animals, cancer tumors grow…when they are then fed a 5% casein diet, the tumors shrink.
  9. A percentage of children who ingest cows milk become sensitive to the casein, and develop antibodies to it.  This process affects the pancreas (where insulin is made) and they then go on to develop juvenile diabetes.
  10. Milk is acidic by nature and so, instead of helping bones by putting calcium into bone tissue, it extracts the positive calcium ion from the bone to neutralize the acid in the dairy.  Countries that have the highest dairy intake have the worst osteoporosis rates.
  11. IGF-1: insulin growth factor: this is what is in cow’s milk that turns a 30 pound calf into an 800 pound cow.  It promotes fast growth of cells… in cancer….. IGF-1 is a known cancer promoter.

Rice milk

Ingredients: filtered water, brown rice (partially milled), expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.

  • can be substituted in recipes for cow’s milk
  • thickness of skim cows milk
  • calories–120
  • fat 2.5g
  • protein 1 g (this is the big difference)
  • calcium 30% RDA also has Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Phosphorus

downsides: not a good source of protein….added vitamins are not absorbed like naturally occurring ones

Soy milk

Ingredients: Filtered water, organic soybeans, organic cane juice,calcium carbonate,salt,vanilla flavor (even the plain), Vitamin A palmitate, carrageenan, riboflavin, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12

  • can be substituted for cow’s milk in recipes
  • as thick as cows milk 2%
  • calories–110, whole…60 skim
  • fat–4 g (0.5 saturated)
  • protein–7g
  • calcium 30% RDA also has vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, riboflavin, iron, zinc, and folate, fiber
  • has added benefit of soy. Diets rich in soy have been shown to reduce certain types of hormone related cancers and reduce heart disease

downsides: some don’t like the taste, added vitamin may not be absorbed as well as naturally occurring

Almond milk

Ingredients: Filtered water, almonds,(sweetened contains  evaporated cane juice which is sugar), calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin, Vitamin A palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alphatocopherol (Vitmain E)

  • can be substituted for cow’s milk in recipes
  • as thick as skim cows milk
  • calories–60
  • fat–2.5 g (0 saturated)
  • protein–1 g
  • calcium–30% RDA also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, copper, zinc, magnesium, fiber

downsides: not a good source of protein, (but we only need 8-10% of or calories coming from protein, and this meets those needs)….  added vitamins are not absorbed like naturally occurring ones….calcium carbonate produces intestinal gas.

Stick to unsweetened as sugar poses its own risk to cancer.

In an e-mail with Dr T Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, he states he does not advocate the use of soy milk because it is “processed” and he said the intake of soy this way (milk vs the whole bean) is not a “natural” way to ingest soy.  Asian cultures, who have the lowest incidence of cancer and who use soy in their diet, do it sparingly, and never use soy milk.

A side note: Silk brand just came out with their version of Almond milk and it is very thick-great for shakes, but not good on cereal. Blue Diamond brand is thinner.

So as you can see, there are other choices for your “dairy” type drinks.

If you or your family drink a lot of cows milk and switch to almond or rice, do it gradually.  There is no data that shows high protein diets are healthy, in fact, high animal protein diets have been associated with higher cancer and diabetes rates.

Soy milk has just about as much protein as cow’s milk and plant-based protein has been shown not to affect cancer growth.

What I do:

–I can’t consume a lot of soy because of my history with hormone positive breast cancer, so when I do drink milk or use it on recipes, I use rice milk or almond milk.  Coconut milk is wonderful in recipies.

–after 3 years, by 17 year old is finally drinking almond milk.  How did I get her switch?  I stopped nagging her.

Categories: diet, health, health and wellness, healthy diet, healthy living, healthy living blogs, vegan diet

Tags: , , , , , , ,

11 replies

  1. I’m lactose intolerant, so I haven’t had milk (at least, by itself) for many years. But I do use lactaid or soy milk as alternatives while cooking and whatnot.

    If it wasn’t for being lactose intolerant and all, I would just blindly drink milk without realizing alternatives. Who would have guessed, right?

  2. That picture is hilarious… LOL

    This is a researched and well put together post. The best posts are the ones that are interesting to read and at the same time helpful.

  3. Hahaha,the picture is hilarious indeed….
    I always want to know is this true that too much milk drinking can lead to overweight? What is the suitable quantum? Is 250ml/day alright?~~~Looking forward to your help(*^__^*)

  4. I’m going to try making tea and yogurt with soy milk.

  5. Love the picture, are you the artist, and if you are may I use it on my Blog?

So whaddya think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 636 other followers

%d bloggers like this: