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Types of Milks and Their Benefits

Milks benefits

Types of milks and the benefits each brings

Whether it’s cow’s milk, almond milk or coconut milk, they all come with health benefits. They can also be beneficial for our skin, and are often used in natural bath recipes. We’ll take a look into how they can benefit our skin later. But for now, we’re going to talk about different types of milks and their health benefits.

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cow’s milk

Cow’s milk is the most common, and millions of us consume it daily. The milk we buy from the supermarket does contain vitamins and minerals, but many of them are fortified. It’s raw cow’s milk where we get the real benefits. Supermarket milk has been pasteurised. This is a process where the liquid is heated to kill pathogens and bacteria and prolong its shelf life. In turn, all of the good beneficial bacteria is destroyed, as are most of the nutrients. This doesn’t mean raw milk is a danger to us, because it’s not been pasteurised. Dairy farmers producing raw milk have to meet the standards that are in place for raw milk distribution.

The quote below is taken from food.gov.uk.

Hygiene regulations are in place to protect consumers.

Raw drinking milk offered for sale must be: from animals that are healthy and free from brucellosis and tuberculosis from a farm that complies with hygiene rules and is routinely inspected twice a year labelled with the appropriate health warning Our inspectors also undertake a verification sampling programme of raw drinking milk.

Testing is carried out on behalf of the FSA by Public Health England. We regularly review the controls on raw drinking milk and cream. We want to support consumer choice but have to balance this alongside protecting the health of the public.

why is raw milk so good for us?

Raw milk, often referred to as milk as nature intended, is full of nutrients and probiotics, the good kind of bacteria. And for that, many class it as a superfood. It’s also loaded with natural vitamins and minerals, and It contains all 20 standard amino acids for the human body, including the ones that the body can’t produce itself.

Raw milk comes from grass fed, free range cattle. They are clean, and strong, unlike the cattle at the vast amount of the dairies in the UK.

The following is taken from rawmilkinstitute.org

Raw milk intended for direct human consumption is produced in sanitary conditions, with much care to ensure that the animals are healthy and that the milk is clean. This type of raw milk is tested often and held to rigorous standards to ensure that it is being produced in a way that discourages pathogen growth.  

Benefits of Raw Milk

  • All 20 standard amino acids for human health
  • Probiotic – full of good bacteria and beneficial enzymes for digestion and boosting and balancing the immune system.
  • Natural Vitamins + Minerals – contains natural vitamins A, B, C, D, E + K. Also naturally occurring are folic acid, calcium, thiamine, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, magnesium and riboflavin.
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Rich in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9
  • Helps prevent weight gain, and helps to keep weight balanced.
Raw milk being poured in to a glass

almond milk

Almond milk can be a great alternative for those that are lactose intolerant. Almonds are rich in nutrients, making almond milk a great healthy alternative to cow’s milk. It’s light in flavour, and it’s my favourite alternative to cow’s milk.

You can buy almond milk from the store. It comes sweetened or unsweetened. You want to go for the unsweetened, as it doesn’t contain sugar. Also, the popular store almond milks only contain around 2% of actual almonds. That’s why it’s much better to make your own. This way you are getting a lot more almonds and all the nutritional benefits. It’s so easy to do. See the link below:


benefits of almond milk

  • Plant based, dairy Free and vegan
  • High in vitamin D
  • Loaded with antioxidants – great source of vitamin E
  • Good source of calcium
  • good for heart health
  • Low in calories


coconut milk

Coconut milk is another great alternative to cow’s milk. Again, it’s so much better to make your own. cartoned coconut milk contains very little coconut, and is mainly made up of water and flavouring.

Benefits of Coconut milk

  • Plant based, dairy free and vegan
  • Contains healthy fats
  • High in vitamins and minerals
  • Immune booster
  • Good for heart health
  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties
Coconut cut in half for coconut milk benefits

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hemp milk

Hemp milk is another popular alternative milk. And there’s no wonder, as it’s loaded with nutritional goodness. This milk is made from whole hemp seeds, making it rich in high quality plant protein. It contains more protein and healthy fats than other popular milks, making it one of the most popular alternative choices.

Hemp leaves for hemp milk benefits

benefits of hemp milk

  • Rich in calcium
  • Loaded with amino acids
  • More vitamin A than dairy
  • Rich in micronutrients – e.g. Magnesium, Phosphorus and zinc
  • Low calories, rich in protein
  • High in polyunsaturated fats (good fats)


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