About 65% of us experience a reduced ability to digest lactose as we get older — and some of us even develop lactose intolerance. That’s why more and more of us are turning to dairy-free diets, and with an ever increasing range of non-dairy milk alternatives, a dairy-free diet gets easier every day. Whether you’re quitting dairy for health or allergy reasons, here’s everything you need to know about milk alternatives in a handy table.
Milk alternatives comparison table (view our infographic below)
Buying non-dairy milk alternatives can be more expensive than buying cow’s milk — buying powdered almond, rice or soya milk can be much more cost-effective. We suggest shopping around for dairy-free products at these stores.
The benefits of going dairy-free and using milk alternatives
Your digestive system will thank you
Lactose intolerance causes a variety of digestive issues such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or gas.
Your skin may clear up (say goodbye to adult acne)
Some forms of acne (especially adult acne) can be attributed to dairy. Cow’s milk may contain hormones and antibiotics that can aggravate the skin.
You can still get enough calcium
Contrary to popular belief, cow’s milk is not the only good source of calcium. Eating leafy greens, beans, fruit and nuts will ensure that you get enough of this essential mineral. And if you’re still worried about your calcium intake, just take a calcium supplement.
And yes, you could also lose weight
Lactose is a form of sugar found in milk that can irritate the gut. This irritation could be hampering your weight-loss efforts.
DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.