For people who are lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet, milk alternatives may be an important part of their diet.Take a look at the differences between the 1 cup of cow's milk and some of the popular alternatives in the chart below to see how they stack up.
The most notable differences are in the protein & carbohydrate categories. If you have trouble getting enough protein in your diet, you may consider an alternative that has higher content. If you are looking to reduce your carbohydrate intake, consider not only which type of milk but also if you are buying the original vs. the unsweetened, which is often less carbohydrate. Most brands of alternative milks are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, but check the nutrition fact panel to be sure.
Which milk alternatives do you prefer?