What are Some Alternatives to Milk?
Lactose-Free Milkâ€”Lactose free is only a viable for people with a lactose intolerance.Â For those with a dairy allergy, this is certainly not a feasible option as it contains the same proteins as milks and is just as allergic for those with a dairy allergy.
Goat Milk and Other Ruminant Milkâ€”â€œRuminantâ€ being other animals who chewÂ cud and cloven hoofed.Â Goat and sheep and other ruminant milk have similarÂ proteins to cow’s milk and as such have a high degree of cross-reactivity.Â That means if you’re allergic to cow’s milk you’ll probably be allergic to other ruminant milks.Â These milks also contain lactose so if you’re lactose intolerant then you should avoid these also.
Soy Milkâ€”Soy Milk is the most widely available dairy-free milk alternative and can be found on shelves as well as next to milk in supermarkets.Â With the widespread competition between providers, it is also one of the most cost effective milk alternatives.Â It’s also high in protein and has a very distinct taste.Â Before pouring a huge bowl of cereal, be sure you like the taste.
Nut Milksâ€”Almond is the most common but others are available.Â Nut milk is high in protein and useful for baking.Â The taste blends well with baked goods and coffee.Â The only drawback is that nuts are sometimes an allergen for those with nut allergies.
Rice Milkâ€”Rice milk is not especially allergenic, making it a good choice for those trying to provide allergen free foods for children.Â It’s not very useful for cooking and unless heavily fortified, does not provide much protein.Â Its best use is for cereal or as a beverage.
Hemp Milkâ€”Hemp is a new addition to the milk alternatives and may be difficult to find in some places.Â It has more protein than rice milk but not as much as soy.Â It contains enough protein to cook some sauces.
Oat Milk–Oat milk has a moderate amount of protein, making it more useful than rice milk for cooking. However, it’s still not a true replacement for cow’s milk in baking.Â Â Oat milk is fairly mild and nutty tasting, and is a natural match for hot cereals and many breakfast foods.
Are There Any Butter Substitutes?
Yes.Â Fruit-Puree butter, Vegetable Oil spreads, Rice Oil spreads and extra virgin olive oil are all safe alternatives.Â Margarineâ€”while not dairyâ€”is not aÂ healthy alternative due to the high content of transfat it contains.Â Our favorite butter alternative, because it tastes the best, in our opinion, is Earth Balance Buttery Spread.Â Delish!