The 4 Healthiest Alternatives to Milk 

Published on November 27, 2021

Maybe it’s a new diet or maybe you are lactose intolerant; whatever the reason, you can find many healthy substitutes to dairy milk today. Keep reading for the top four alternatives on shelves now. 

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is rising in popularity and it is not difficult to see why. Cashew milk offers high amounts of vitamins A, D and B-12, and calcium. These amounts may vary depending on the brand so read the label. However, while it is low on calories, it is also low on protein with only 1g per cup.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is great if you want a sweet and creamy alternative. You get high levels of vitamin D (30% of the recommended daily value) and Vitamin B-12 (50% of the recommended daily value), but very negligent amounts of calcium and protein (1g per cup). Another downside is that the saturated fat value is almost equal to whole cow’s milk.

Soy Milk

The similarity in nutrition profiles between soy milk and cow’s milk has made it a very popular non-dairy alternative for decades. It has high protein value (7g per cup) and most brands add vitamin D and calcium. They are also available in a range of flavors and different calorie types.

Rice Milk

Rice milk offers consumers a less creamy milk alternative with a more neutral texture. If fortified, it has the same amount of vitamin D and calcium as dairy milk but is deficient in protein (1g per cup).