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567 4/30/13 9:15 P
I go for soymilk because I was always lactose-intolerant. Now that my diet is healthier, I can tolerate small amounts of dairy (usually greek yogurt.) I still won't risk drinking milk though. Besides, I have noticed that my PMS is much less of an issue with the soymilk. WooHoo!
(and for those concerned, I only buy Non-GMO certified soymilk)
They're not necessarily popular among the nutritionally minded; they're popular among the trendy, or in the case of non-dairy "milk," among the allergic.
Green juices are a way to get some antioxidants and vitamins if you won't eat the whole vegetable. They're definitely better than not eating veggies, but eating the whole food is always better than the juice (again, except for people with specific health issues.) When you juice, you lose the fiber and some other nutrients, and you concentrate the sugars. If you already drink fruit juice, switching to a veggie juice would probably be better, but otherwise it's not necessary to have any juice. Although like other folks here, I've been known to toss a small handful of kale or spinach into the blender with berries and milk for a smoothie. That way you're getting the whole veggie.
As for the non-dairy "milks," IMO they're a second-best option for people who can't or won't drink real milk. The calcium is almost all added, so it's more like taking a tablet than like getting natural calcium from food. There's no real research about how well the body utilizes that type of supplemental calcium. And except for soy, they're disappointingly low on protein, which is my primary reason for drinking milk. It can also be hard to find one without lots of sugar or artificial sweetener. Again, if you can't drink milk, it's worth looking at them, but they don't have any super-special benefit.
I don't touch soy. The only non-dairy milks I buy are almond milk from Trader Joes or the 365 brand from Whole foods (neither are made with GMO's, neither contain casein, and neither contain carceenagan(sp)). I juice and make smoothies. Mine are packed with nutrients, fiber, and lots of yumminess. I make my juice using my vitamix and a nut bag or cheese cloth to squeeze out the liquid. Then I use the yummy pulp and add some flax seed or sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds and dehydrate into yummy crackers.
I'm lactose intolerant too. As far as pros and cons:
All of them are relatively high or high in added calcium. Make sure you are getting Vitamin D too to help absorb the calcium. Coconut milk though is high in saturated fat and has a cocnut essence at the end of the taste. Almond milk has a pleasant taste. I drink the 60 calorie. The 40 calorie just tasted like brown water. Rice milk is high in carbs. Almond, coconut, and soy are reasonable in carbs. All have other varying amounts with other vitamins and minerals.
However, I have been told to avoid soy because I have thyroid problems. I have also heard to avoid soy if you have cancer or have had cancer.
I second Elengil's sentiments. Also, I find that the cost of buying non-dairy versus dairy isn't that big a difference, since milk prices have gone up in recent years. I also don't find it to be much trouble to purchase them, since they have non-dairy milks at the shops I normally frequent.
I don't juice, either - I don't have the time or money to put into it at the moment. I just fire up my blender every morning and throw in the following: 3/4 cup of unsweetened flax milk, 1 tbsp. of chia seeds, a scoop of hemp protein powder, half a banana or avocado, 2 cups of spinach, and 1 cup of frozen fruit. It's easy, it's tasty, it keeps me full, and I get almost all of my fruit/veg requirements for the day in one meal.
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702 4/30/13 12:12 P
The benefit I get from non-dairy milk is calcium. I'm lactose intolerant so no real dairy for me. If it wasn't for the calcium I probably wouldn't bother with any milk replacement at all, or at least very rarely.
I don't do green juices, I do green smoothies in my blender, and that benefit is a great mound of nutrients, fiber and veggies in an easy and tasty drink.
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338 4/30/13 11:09 A
I know that green juices and non-dairy milks (coconut, soy, almond, rice) are very popular among folks who are nutritionally minded. But what are their benefits? Are they worth the cost/trouble?
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