Vegetable milk, types and properties

As an alternative to milk of animal origin, such as cow and goat milk, we can use that of origin vegetable: soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.

The vegetable milk, for the palate, it can be considered a good substitute for conventional milk but not from a food point of view because the nutritional properties are very different. This drink is an excellent ally for those suffering from lactose intolerances, allergies to milk proteins and for those who follow a vegan diet.

The vegetable milk it is widespread in large shopping centers: just go to the appropriate department to check different tastes and characteristics, but be careful! When buying, make sure you buy organic vegetable milk to make sure there are no traces of pesticides. For an informed purchase, read the label: there must be no traces of added fats. Let's see specifically what are the types of vegetable milk.

  • Soya milk

Soy milk is among the most popular; it is cholesterol-free and contains a high amount of unsaturated fats and proteins. What we commonly find on the market is soy milk enriched with B vitamins; an industrial choice to give soy milk more micronutrients.

  • Almond milk

Basically it is considered a typical summer drink. It is obtained from the infusion and cold pressing of almonds. Contains a high amount of antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids.
To benefit from all its beneficial properties we recommend that you prepare almond milk at home; those for sale are sweetened almond-flavored drinks, very caloric and not very nutritious. In this regard, we refer you to reading the article "How to make almond milk"

  • Rice milk

Rice milk has a very sweet taste due to the high sugar content that makes it a readily available energy reserve.
Generally, this drink is added with sunflower oil; in any case it is always good to pay attention to the origin.

  • Avena's milk

Like rice milk, oat milk is also rich in simple sugars readily available but to these are also added a fair amount of protein and fiber. It does not contain cholesterol, on the contrary it is mentioned among the foods capable of reducing the "bad" LDL. Also in this drink there is the addition of vegetable oils, especially sunflowers, at the time of marketing. The recommendation is always to make sure of the origin at the time of purchase.

In addition to these types of milk just mentioned, we have many others, even if less known and widespread; this is the case for example of hemp, sesame, fruit and cereal milk.

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