Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cow’s Milk vs Non-Dairy Imitation Milk

The dairy case is very crowded. Today, cow’s milk is competing for shelf space with imitation milk alternatives. Cow’s milk is naturally superior. It has about twice the protein of other so-called milks and contains the most absorbable source of calcium.   

Cow’s milk is a key ingredient to overall health. It strengthens bones, improves muscle function, increases energy levels and promotes good vision.

Regardless of variety in fat content, a cup of cow’s milk is packed with eight grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 300 milligrams of calcium (that’s almost one-third of our daily recommended value). Milk is also naturally high in many other minerals and vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, and B vitamins. 

The ingredient in whole milk is milk. Period. Low-fat and non-fat milk are fortified with vitamins A and D. Simple and natural, milk contains nine essential nutrients; calcium, potassium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, riboflavin and niacin.

Imitation plant-based milks, like soy, almond, rice, coconut and hemp, are highly processed containing many added ingredients. These milk alternatives use fortification to mimic the nutrient profile of cow’s milk.

Cow’s milk is naturally superior to non-dairy imitations. It’s also an excellent choice when compared with other beverages. If you have difficulty digesting lactose, try delicious lactose-free cows’ milk. 

 Looking for a healthy, natural, nutrient-dense beverage? Cow’s milk is the best choice!


  1. Great post about the nutritional value of milk! Every time I see the Almond Milk commercial where the guy says "this tastes better than dairy milk" (or some such nonsense like that) I cringe. Cow's milk will always win in my book :)

  2. I have always loved cow's milk and I really appreciate this post.

    1. All the other "milks" are called that way because they simply just look like milk. But they have nothing in common otherwise. Are people that stupid to think seeds are producing real milk? :))

  3. Milk is milk, there are no substitutes.

  4. great great info!!!

  5. I wish people would take the time to compare milk substitutes compared to cows milk and how much better cows milk is for you! Thank you for the post, we need more information like this out there for people who don't know!

  6. Almond milk, coconut milk, soya milk, rice milk, and other drinks ending with the word "milk" are NOT "imitation milk"! They are natural, healthy and delicious foods in liquid form that can be used instead of milk such as on your cereal, or just enjoyed as a drink. Its nonsense to discredit these drinks as "imitations" of a true milk. You might consider that if anything is being imitated its mother's breast milk.... and a cow imitating a woman is definitely weird...

    I LOVE drinking cow dairy milk, the fresher the better, unpasturised is to die for - although controversial and hard to get. But sheep and goat milk (along with yogurt and cheese made from them) are healthier for human digestive systems than cow's milk. People used to drink these milks in Europe (before Europeans settled in the US) much more than cows milk, but because these animals are smaller and produce less milk, they were less profitable when big dairy farms were set up and cow's milk became the "normal" milk. Now we are all just used to the taste of cow's milk so we find sheep and goats milk tastes strange.... but its a shame because they are in fact better for us.

    Anyway, I don't think its helpful to denigrate other foods that are in fact very healthy and can be used instead of cow's milk. If you're comparing cow's milk favourably to soft drinks and high sugar juice - that is valid and helpful health advice. There's no need to be negative about any healthy foods. In our world of over supply of sugar, all healthy foods, including ones that compete with the one you happen to be selling, should be promoted!

    1. My post simply states the facts. Webster’s, Wikipedia and all other dictionary’s define milk as coming from mammals. Milk does not come from plants. Therefore, any beverage that isn’t from a mammal makes a false claim when it calls itself milk.

      Plant-based liquids should use terms like “drink” or “beverage”. The companies selling plant-based beverages misuse the name milk because they want consumers to believe these imitation products have the same nutrition value and standards as milk. They don’t.

      The U.S. has Standards of Identity (legal definitions) for many food products. They are listed in the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The standard of identity for milk reads… “Milk is the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.”

      According to the Standards of Identity, if something is labeled “milk” it must be cow’s milk based on the standard of identity for “milk”. When milk from other mammals is sold, the term “milk” cannot be used alone – it must be qualified by including the animal (“goat’s milk”, “sheep’s milk”, etc.).

      Plant-based beverages are not milk. Period.

      Check out these sites to learn more about dairy Standards of Identity:
      Standards of Identity for dairy products

      Imitation dairy products FAQ

  7. Give me the real deal!! Just had a dentist appointment today. The first one in 5 years (bad I know). They were amazed at my strong teeth. I told them I have been a milk drinker my whole life haha. Love the info!


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