There's almond milk and soy milk and coconut milk, and the list goes on and on. You might have your go-to already, or you might just be familiar with the idea that there are other options available than regular cow's milk. Whatever the case, I think it's safe to say we are living in the age of alternative milk. But how can you choose one? And are they really all that good for you? We went to an expert, Yasi Ansari, MS, RD, CSSD, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to find out.
The pro: "Alternative milks are great alternatives to drinking cow's milk, especially if someone is lactose intolerant, has an allergy to cow's milk, or simply doesn't like the taste of cow's milk," Ansari says.
But of course, there's always a con. "Most of these milks are not as high in protein, calcium, and other essential nutrients like that of cow's milk," she says. "So nutrients have to be fortified into the milk alternative.