The Best Alternative Milks

by in Dairy Free, Kitchen Sink, Reader Questions June 11, 2008

nondairymilkbest.jpgFor those of you that have trouble with dairy whether you are lactose intolerant, allergic, don’t like the excess phlegm it creates in your body, or simply are trying to make better choices for the environment…this article is for you!

With so many choices out there for soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, oat milk and more; one can easily become overwhelmed at the grocery store with trying to make a decision.

Soy is a great choice for women because of the phytoestrogen components. Rice milk is best for those with food allergies in need of a hypoallergenic choice (read the labels though because some brands contain gluten as a thickening agent).

Almond milk is best enjoyed straight out of the container (yes mom I still do this).

Recently I have done a taste test on many of the different generic and popular alternative milks available and this is what I came up with.

  1. My gold star absolute favorite alternative milk is vanilla or chocolate flavored Almond Breeze. I can not speak more highly for this milk. Almond Breeze also makes for delicious lattes. (Yes I drink coffee, I know…I know… I never said I was perfect. Just one cup a day though.)
  2. Second places goes to Eden Soy vanilla. (Also delicious ice cream products to test out.)
  3. And third place goes to vanilla Rice Dream. (Also delicious ice cream products.)

So there you have it. Three good alternative dairy products that if I like, then anyone can probably find palatable. If you are trying to cut out dairy, go try one of each brand and figure out which ones works best for you.

Aside from flavor considerations, be sure when purchasing alternative milks be sure to get the calcium enriched ones. Calcium is tough to get in the diet otherwise and you will find yourself using a calcium supplement or eating piles and piles of green leafy vegetables each day. To save money I buy the generic milks for making smoothies or using it recipes and use the more expensive designer brands for cereal, drinking, and what not.

For more information read “Alternatives to Dairy”.

What is your favorite alternative dairy product?

~ Dr. Nicole Sundene

Naturopathic Physician

  1. I know I’m going to get yelled at, but……..

    Silk Chocolate Soy milk is liquid ambrosia.

    I only have a cup a day, but I savor every drop.

    It’s as good as Hi-test (Nestle’s Quik) but doesn’t have all the nasty things associated with regular milk.

    Progress, not perfection, right, Doc?


  2. Hi Dr. Nicole,
    For every day use I like Organic Valley Plain Soymilk the best.

    As a treat I love Living Harvest Chocolate Hempmilk. It’s really delicious and a healthier way to satisfy my sweet tooth!

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