Doctors are constantly pushing cow’s milk, but why? We broke down and did some research a few months ago when our daughter was ready for milk and found that it might not be the best option after all.
Sure, it’s got a lot of much-needed fat and protein in it, but don’t kids get that anyway through things like nuts and chicken?
We did some swift comparisons with almond milk. We went with Simple Truth Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk after trying a few others because it tasted the best and had the least
amount of sugar. Less than a gram, compared to 7 or 8 in other brands. Then, we compared it against cow’s milk and found that there are actually MORE nutrients in the nut milk.
The almond milk we have in our house has 30 calories per 8 ounce serving, 3 grams of fat, 0 cholesterol, 2 carbs, 1 gram of fiber, less than a gram of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 10% of Vitamin A, 45% of calcium, 4% of Iron, 25% of Vitamin D, 50% of Vitamin E, 2% Riboflavin, 4% Phosphorus, 4% Magnesium, and 2% Zinc.
That’s a whole lot of goodness.
Now, what does Darigold’s whole cow milk contain?
It has 160 calories per 8 ounce serving, 8 grams of fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 13 carbs, 0 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, 6% of Vitamin A, 2% of Vitamin C, 30% calcium, 0% iron and 25% Vitamin D.
So, while whole milk has higher fat and protein levels (which can be supplemented in natural ways, like with nuts, lean meats, and cheese) than our unsweetened vanilla almond milk, it has lower levels of calcium, fiber, Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc, and other important nutrients.
You be the judge on which one is better for you family, but for ours, I know which one we’re choosing!