On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m breaking down the best milk alternative by comparing coconut milk vs. almond milk vs. soy milk vs. dairy milk.
Today’s Food Wars comparison is very controversial as people are very passionate about this topic.
In particular I’ll answer the following questions:
Having access to all of these milk options has led to a lot of confusion as what is the best and healthiest type of milk to drink.
So on today’s episode of Food Wars, it is my goal to answer all these questions and clear up all this confusion.
Will it be controversial?
So lets analyze these 4 different beverages from the milk category, and figure out which one should be in your fridge and which one should be in the garbage.
As babies, most of us were raised on human breast milk.
Then we grew into a toddler and were weened off, and in many cases, given milk from a cow, also known as dairy milk, as a milk replacement.
I used to drink a lot of dairy milk since I loved the taste, the texture, and how refreshing it was.
However, if you notice in the video, the dairy milk carton is smaller than the other ones, for good reason.
I picked up the cheapest dairy milk that I could find at the grocery store because I don’t drink dairy milk anymore.
Why did I stop drinking dairy milk?
Not only did I find I was lactose intolerant, but I also finally clued in to the idea that nature intended dairy milk to be consumed by calves, not humans.
Think about it, doesn’t it seem unnatural to drink milk from another mammal?
Human beings are the only species that drinks milk from another mammal.
Serving size: 1 cup of 2% dairy milk:
Yes, 12 grams of fattening sugar in just one cup!
Here’s a Ted Talks video by Jamie Oliver, where he showed how much sugar kids were consuming every year, just from drinking dairy milk!
During his talk, he brought out a huge wheelbarrow filled with sugar, and dumped it out on stage to show how much sugar kids were consuming from dairy milk.
In addition to the sugar, today’s highly processed dairy milk is not the same milk that it used to be back in the day.
Today’s dairy milk is now pasteurized and homogenized, which basically kills off a lot of the beneficial enzymes and bacteria.
Also, if you fall for the idea that dairy milk is the best source of calcium, coconut milk, in many cases, is fortified with calcium, thus providing a higher amount of the percentage daily value (DV) compared to dairy milk.
Plus there are many other healthier food options naturally filled with calcium, such as green leafy vegetables.
So don’t fall for the hype that you NEED to drink milk to get calcium.
Plus, the heating process that dairy milk goes through kills some of the amino acids, thus negatively affecting the biological value of the protein in milk.
Due to the high amount of sugar, the lactose, and the unnatural idea of drinking another species milk, this carton of dairy milk is going in the garbage.
Let’s move on.
Well I think you know the answer to this if you’ve seen any of my other videos or blogs on soy.
Soy is not a health product.
If you ask farmers which 2-3 feed options are best to fatten up their animals, it’s soy, grains, and corn.
Soy is a highly genetically modified food that is heavily sprayed with pesticides.
It also contains phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen in the body, the same way as BPAs do.
In other words, soy can really mess up the hormones for both men and women.
Serving size: 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk (Silk brand):
Even though 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk contains protein, the protein does not contain a high level of all the essential amino acids, thus is not considered high biological value protein.
Since soy is a highly genetically modified food that is highly sprayed with pesticides, soy milk is going in the garbage too.
Now we’re moving on to almond milk.
Serving size: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (Blue Diamond brand):
Yes, only 40 calories per serving.
This small amount of calories is primarily made up of 3.5 grams of fat, which is primarily from healthy monounsaturated fats.
Almond milk is also soy free and lactose free which is a benefit.
Since almond milk is very low calories and carbohydrates, it really doesn’t do much harm if your goal is weight loss.
Although it’s not a great source of protein or fiber, the healthy fats in almond milk is an added benefit.
A decent milk option that is low in calories and a healthy source of fats.
Almond milk is going back in the fridge.
Lets move on to coconut milk.
Serving size: 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk (Silk brand from a carton):
The thing I like about coconut milk, is that it contains healthy, medium chained fatty acids.
These medium chained fatty acids act as a great energy source as they are metabolized in the body as energy, rather than being stored as fat.
Similar to almond milk, even though the coconut milk contains less protein than dairy milk and soy milk, it also contains much less carbohydrates and sugar.
The main benefit of coconut milk is the healthy fats.
This is why I eat so many coconut products like shredded coconut, coconut oil, and coconut butter.
Not only do I love the taste of coconut, I also love the health benefits.
Coconut milk is going back in the fridge.
If I had to choose one out of all of these milk alternatives, I would go with coconut milk or almond milk.
However, if your goal is weight loss, it’s best to stick with water, as it’s best not to drink your calories.
The reason is simple, liquid calories don’t typically fill you up as much as whole food calories.
One of the best things you can do on your weight loss journey is to fall in love with the taste of water.
It’s important to drink more water as your main source of hydration.
If you’re having a hard time drinking enough water add lemon to it.
I know it’s easier said then done, especially if you enjoy calorie rich drinks like dairy milk, soy milk, or soda.
However, start slow by swapping one drink a day with a glass of water.
By drinking more water, you’ll begin to see drastic changes in your body.
So the winner of this edition of Food Wars is coconut milk or almond milk.
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If you missed it, check out last week’s Zero Calorie Natural Sweeteners vs. Artificial Sweeteners episode of Food Wars.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.