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ALL4MYHEALTH SparkPoints: (332)
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3/23/14 7:17 P

I'm not really sure which you could call "healthier", but I prefer almond milk for sweeter things like baked goods or cereal, and regular skim for savory things like cheese sauces, for example. It's all personal preference.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,178
3/20/14 3:54 P

I am also lactose intolerant, so I choose Almond Milk. I drink the 30-calorie variety. I used to drink skim, but it was Lactaid. Now the 90 calories in Lactaid are too much for me.

Test a few and read the labels and decide what is best for you.

REBECANOLA Posts: 3,285
3/20/14 2:54 P

I'm lactose intolerant and I get plenty of protein, so it's almond or coconut milk for me. I prefer that it has fewer calories - as long as you avoid the added sugar - and has calcium, which is important since I am lactose in tolerant and try to eat little dairy.

PARKSCANADA Posts: 4,802
3/20/14 9:39 A

My kids drink skim milk - they are very active and still growing so they need the extra protein and calories cow's milk has. I use almond milk because I get enough protein in my diet and I don't need the extra calories.

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
3/18/14 12:44 P

I like both.

SBURDEN Posts: 10,600
3/18/14 10:31 A

I prefer the almond milk, but both are good for you. I think its a personal choice.

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (525,800)
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3/17/14 6:06 A

It's a personal preference as I drink them both in between my soy milk. We do not always do what's better for us.

Edited by: SUNSET09 at: 3/17/2014 (06:11)
IMDADOGGIE SparkPoints: (42,022)
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3/16/14 4:19 P

Personally I can see the advantage of each type for different individuals. I personally prefer the skim milk and drink that most of the time.

APPRIL Posts: 2,239
3/16/14 3:57 P

Almond milk is better for the environment. ;)

GIPPYLOVER1987 SparkPoints: (163)
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3/16/14 1:09 A

I love the almond milk and drink that. I am vegan though, but I choose the almond milk over others because of the extra calcium, the taste, and because I can use "more" for the same amount of calories. For example, I like lots of milk in my cereal and with the almond milk I don't have to use lots of calories for putting in tons of milk!

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,806)
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3/15/14 4:55 P

I love the almond milk, specifically the 30 cal a cup variety, as I get more volume for less calories. I already get plenty of protein so that's a non-issue.
One cup skim milk = 90 cal vs. the almond 30.

I can fill one of our tumblers near the top for 70 cal and it fills me up.

I've never seen much of a taste difference in the vanilla vs the plain flavor.
Sometimes, I'll add a bit of Davinci's sugar free coconut syrup to change it up a bit.

SUMMER170 Posts: 42
3/14/14 8:25 P

I prefer skim cows milk, although I will use almond at times as a coffee creamer. My stomach doesn't agree with soy products so I need to avoid soymilk. Its a personal preference. As Dietitian Becky stated, cows milk is healthier. But its about choice.

3/13/14 6:15 P

In their natural state, skim milk is a healthier choice.

Almond milk contains calcium "only" because it has been added to the milk. You can get the same benefit by taking a supplement.

Almond milk is very low in protein content as well.

If you prefer the almond milk then make sure you are getting adequate protein from other sources; and make sure your brand is supplemented with calcium and vitamin D.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 3/15/2014 (09:12)
3/13/14 5:09 P

I had the same question as you and here's how I answered myself . . .

I want the extra calcium that's in the almond milk BUT I still want protein that's in cow's skim milk. So I use both in different ways each. I'm not a milk drinker unless it's in cereal or cooked with. So I stick with cow's milk for those things. And when I make my smoothies and shakes I use almond milk. The only time I insist on it being cow's milk for a shake is with protein isolates after a workout. You really do need the casein & lactose for muscle recovery & rebuild. So they sit side by side in my fridge.

Hope that helps!

3/13/14 2:51 P

Most brands of almond milk have calcium added to them. By itself, almond milk doesn't contain near as much calcium as dairy milk and has very little protein. But it's an alternative for people who can't drink dairy milk.

PASTORJOHN66 SparkPoints: (14,295)
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3/13/14 2:12 P

I use coconut milk and my wife uses almond milk. They are both great. We were attracted to the extra calcium in each. Also, when my daughter comes over, these provide a good source for her as she is lactose intolerant.

Apart from that, I don't think there is a significant reason to choose one over the other.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/13/14 1:39 P

Do what I the nutritional info on the back of each, and make a determination based on your individual needs.

MISSATHLETIC101 SparkPoints: (4,076)
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3/13/14 1:37 P

Which one is healthier for you? Almond milk says it has 50% more calcium?

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