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Plant-Based Milk vs. Dairy Milk: What’s better?

As of recently, people have disparaged the benefits of dairy milk due to its popular substitute plant-based milk. While dairy milk does have a lot to scrutinize about it, it’s not all bad and some people still prefer it over plant-based milk. However, it seems that these days most people opt for the more ‘healthier’ version, plant-based milks.

Each has their own pros and cons. WhIch we will detail today, so you can find what milk works the best for you.

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With dairy milk, there exists an abundance of evidence proving that the calcium in dairy milk can help strengthen your bones and teeth. However, recent studies have shown that the calcium in dairy milk might not have the ability to protect against ailments such as osteoporosis and fractures.

Other than calcium and other beneficial nutrients aiding in bone strengthening, dairy milk seemingly has more cons. For one, many children are now sensitive to dairy milk and are unable to drink it because of growing allergies in dairy products.

Lactose intolerance is another contentious issue that causes people to shy away from dairy milk. For those that are lactose intolerant, milk can cause intestinal discomfort and other stomach issues when consumed.

Dairy milk also has antibiotics and pesticides. While organic milk does not contain antibiotics and pesticides, many can not afford this more expensive option to avoid the toxic contents. Although pesticides and antibiotics do not have known consequences—it doesn’t seem like you would want to be drinking these things.

Hormones are another big concern when drinking dairy milk. Hormones are said to possibly cause cancer and

cause early puberty for girls who consume it. However again, there is little research to back these claims.

Other underlying health concerns caused by dairy milk is men who consume too much dairy milk put themselves at a higher risk for prostate cancer.

Lastly, dairy milk is an immense environmental detriment. I further explain how tasking dairy milk can be on the environment check it out here.

Moving on to plant-based milk, there exists a myriad of options for you to choose from

  • Oat Milk

  • Nut Milk

  • Soy Milk

  • Coconut Milk

  • Rice Milk

  • Hemp Milk

Not all plant-based milks match up nutritionally to dairy milk, with the exception of soy milk. Filler ingredients are also a problem with a lot of plant-based milks. Ingredients such as thickeners, flavoring, and others that you might not recognize. You should always try sticking to ingredients you know.

Plant-based milks have a huge upper-hand when it comes to their environmental benefit, and that is a reason alone to start drinking the milk.


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