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An overview of alternatives to cow’s milk

Not everyone likes or can tolerate cow’s milk – because of an allergy to dairy milk protein, lactose intolerance, or in protest against the way farm animals are treated. So what do alternatives like camel and goat’s milk, soya and rice drinks offer? Do these alternatives provide just as much calcium and protein as cow’s milk? Are there any wonder foods?

 

Is camel’s milk a real alternative?

Camel’s milk is supposed to alleviate many conditions like diabetes, autism and allergies. It’s only since 2013 that EU restrictions, due to concerns about diseases, on imports from Arab nations have been lifted. The nutrients in cow’s and camel’s milk are similar, “People allergic to cow’s milk should avoid camel’s milk” says Professor Margitta Worm from the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. Both contain potential allergenic caseins. So it would seem that this is not the solution. You can buy 1 litre of frozen camel’s milk on the internet for about 13.50 euros. Goat’s milk is also very similar to cow’s milk, the only difference is that goat’s milk contains more vitamin D. Cow’s milk allergy sufferers could also react to goat’s milk which is usually three times as expensive.

Soy drinks as a milk substitute

Soybean drinks are made completely of non-animal products, so they can provide vegans with protein. Additionally, many soybean drinks are fortified with calcium, so that they can be used as a milk substitute. They also contain isoflavones. These secondary metabolites are similar to the female hormone oestrogen, which is why some women drink soy drinks to help with menopausal complaints. However, their efficacy is not well-documented. A good thing about these drinks is that they cost about the same as cow’s milk. Hayfever sufferers may be allergic to them.

Cereal drinks – expensive and not very nutritious

The term soy milk is in fact incorrect, as only milk from ruminants should be called “milk”. Drinks from rice, spelt, oat and rye taste grainy. Cereal drinks often cost twice as much as cow’s milk and offer little protein and few nutrients. Calcium and vitamins are therefore often added. Rice drinks are low in allergens. People who are gluten intolerant or who suffer from coeliac disease must avoid drinks made from spelt, oat or rye.

 

Source: Stiftung Warentest