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Almond Milk vs. Coconut Milk

Updated on September 19, 2011

Almond Milk vs. Coconut Milk

If you grew up anything like me, milk was a staple in your household. My mom made sure that I had at least one glass a day, if not more. I've never been much of a milk fan and usually ended up gulping down my drink in order to appease the watching eyes of my mother. In our house, the rule was no milk, no dessert.

I'm older now and rarely drink milk alone. I cook with it and eat it with cereal or cookies, but that's about it. Recently I decided to try both almond and coconut milk due to their increasing popularity. I have friends that rave about both types of milk and thought that it might be worth the try....plus, milk is supposed to be good for you right?

Almond Milk

Almond milk, which is made from ground almonds, is an excellent choice for those who are lactose intolerant or vegan. Often used as a substitute for animal milk, almond milk contains no lactose or cholesterol. Another reason why people choose to buy almond milk is the health benefits. The following is a list of some of almond milk's amazing benefits:

Almond milk contains a large amount of Vitamin E (about half the amount needed daily). If you desire healthy skin, drink almond milk. Vitamin E is an essential when taking care of your skin. It protects against the sun as well as acts an a great moisturizer and anti-aging remedy.

Other benefits of almond milk are eye care, healthy bones, and weight management. Almond milk contains Vitamin A, which is essential in helping our eyes function properly. It is also comprised of 30% of our daily calcium requirements and 25% of Vitamin D requirements, which are both important in creating strong bones. Plain almond milk contains 60 calories for one 8 oz drink, which is a great option when trying to lose weight. Diabetics can also benefit from almond milk due to the low sugar content.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, like almond milk, is another healthy substitute for animal milk. It is also a great choice for weight loss. Regular coconut milk (not canned) has only 50 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving and is low in cholesterol. Even the fat is a good fat (it is much easier to metabolize). It also helps one feel full quickly due to high concentrations of dietary fiber. Avoid coconut milk that comes in cans; it is much higher in calories and is usually used for cooking.

Coconut milk also is a great option when trying to maintain a healthy immune system. It contains Lauric Acid, which is known to fight off viruses. Lauric Acid is also found in breast milk which helps babies fight off infections and viruses.

Coconut milk is full of vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals. Unlike almond milk, coconut milk does not contain much calcium but does have a large amount of phosphorus. Phosphorus is an important nutrient in strengthening our bones. So even though calcium is not abundant, it is still a good option in maintaining healhty bones.

Coconut milk produces an abundant amount of iron, which is essential in preventing anemia. Anemia occurs when the red blood cells don't contain enough hemoglobin, which is an iron-rich protein that produces the red color in blood. Coconut milk supplies the body with a quarter of the iron needed daily.

Conclusion

Both almond and coconut milk are great benefits to a healthy lifestyle and refreshing substitutes to regular milk. If you're like me and don't love animal milk, try a different option. Both types of milk are very tasty and healthy options.

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