Milk 101: Know the Differences Among These 6 Popular Kinds of Milk

Jul 13, 2020 06:40 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter (

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Milk is a very nutritious drink for anyone of any age. It provides calcium for the bones and makes you sleep well at night. However, you might notice that there are different types of milk in the market. By going to the grocery store in the dairy products section, you might see tons of milk types--fresh milk, low-fat milk, almond milk, and more. But, what is the difference between these kinds of milk anyway? You will know the answer to that in this article. 

Here are some things that you need about each type of milk.

Almond Milk

The popularity of almond milk has increased through time, as many people are diverting into a plant-based diet. Almond milk is dairy-free milk, and it is mainly made from grounded almond blended with water. It both comes with a milky texture and a nutty taste. You may opt for a sweetened or unsweetened flavor for this type of milk. Moreover, it is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, selenium, and magnesium, strengthening your immune system and metabolism. 

Fresh Cow's Milk

This is the most popular kind of milk among the types of milk in the market. It comes from cows, and it is one of the healthiest, most natural drinks in the world. It is made of whole fat milk, skimmed milk, and a portion of fat. This is high in protein, vitamin B12, and calcium. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin found only in animal products, and it is beneficial to our brain and nervous systems.

Oat Milk

This is another type of milk that is plant-based, just like almond milk. This originated from Sweden and has become widely popular worldwide in every coffee shop. Oat milk can also be made at home. It is organic, and it comes in original and different flavors. Oat milk is high in soluble fiber, vitamin B, and contains beta-glucans that boost one's immune system. It is the best alternative for people who are allergic to nuts and soy. 

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Hemp Milk

Making hemp milk is also doable at home. Easily soak the hemp seeds in water, and it will create nutty-flavored milk that is creamier than other types of milk. It is natural and non-GMO. You may opt for a flavored or unsweetened hemp milk. This milk also contains omega-3 fatty acids and keeps your cholesterol levels and blood pressure at par. 

Rice Milk

This type of milk is hypoallergenic, and it is the best alternative for any milk. It is made from boiled rice, brown rice starch, and brown rice syrup. Although rice milk does not contain that much protein or calcium than cow's milk, this type of milk is high in carbohydrates and calories. 

Coconut Milk

This is another plant-based milk that offers a very sweet flavor. Coconut milk comes from the shredded coconut that is simmered in water and strained. The rich, creamy layer is mixed with coconut water, and it becomes the coconut milk. You may choose to add more sweetener to it if you like. Coconut milk is low in calories, and it can be used in different dishes as well.

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