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The Instacart guide to milk alternatives

About milk alternatives 

Milk supplies the body with calcium and protein, among other types of nutrients. It could either be dairy or non-dairy. Non-dairy milk comprises milk alternatives mainly sourced from plants. The milk alternatives are essential when you cannot consume cow's milk due to dietary restrictions, personal preferences, intolerances, or allergic reactions. They are mostly unsweetened but can come in a wide range of flavors and pack great nutrition profiles.

Here are some types of milk alternatives we recommend:
  • Soy milk: Soy milk is sourced from soy protein isolate or soybeans and often has vegetable oils and thickeners to enhance its consistency and taste. Its flavor is mild and creamy, but the taste can vary from one brand to the other. Nutritionally, soy milk has just as much protein as dairy milk but half the amount of calories, carbohydrates, and fat.
  • Almond milk: Almond butter and water or whole almonds are the main sources of almond milk. It is slightly sweet with the flavor of nuts and reserves a light texture. Nutritionally, it contains less than half the fat content in dairy milk and less than a quarter of the calories. Its carbohydrate and protein contents are also significantly low.
  • Oat milk: Oat milk comes from a mixture of oats and water. However, it can include additives like oils, salts, and gums that help improve its texture and taste. It helps to lower cholesterol levels in the body due to its high total fiber and beta-glucan content. Beta-glucan is water-soluble and forms a thick gel when passing through the body to bind to cholesterol and hinder its absorption. Oat milk has half the amount of fats and protein found in cow's milk, double the carbohydrates content, and a similar amount of calories.
  • Cashew milk: Cashew milk is made from mixing cashew butter or cashew nuts with water. It tends to be rich and creamy with a mild nutty flavor and a sweet taste. It, however, has a significantly low amount of carbohydrates and proteins, and its calories are less than a third of those found in cow's milk.
  • Coconut milk: Coconut is obtained by mixing the white flesh of coconuts with water. It has a sweet but mild coconut flavor and a creamy texture. It contains trace amounts of carbohydrates and proteins, but about a third of the calories found in dairy milk and half the fat.
  • Rice milk: Brown or milled rice is mixed with water to produce rice milk. Thickeners are then added to improve its taste and texture. This non-dairy milk contains the least amount of allergens among all milk alternatives. Its mild taste does not diminish its naturally sweet flavor. It has fewer fats and protein than cow's milk, but double the carbohydrates and the same amount of calories.

Milk Alternatives Near Me

Buy your favorite milk alternatives online with Instacart. Order oat milk, almond milk, hemp milk, and more from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

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FAQs About Milk Alternatives

The milk has a foul smell and a sour taste when it goes bad. It also has thick uneven textures and minor clumps. 

If you choose to forgo cow's milk for ethical reasons, or to avoid allergies or concerns over potential health risks, the above milk types are some alternatives you can use. Order on the Instacart app for timely delivery to make your day a little easier!

Consider the following factors when shopping for milk alternatives:

Calcium content: Choose a milk alternative that has at least 120g of calcium in every 100 ml or 3.4 ounces.

Added sugar: Go for the unsweetened brands rather than those loaded with flavors. Take note and avoid those with sugar as one of their top three ingredients.

Cost: Compare several brands and consider picking the one that is most nutritious but at an economical cost. 

Vitamin B12: Look for brands that include vitamin B12 among their ingredients. Vitamin B12 occurs naturally in milk and is essential for a strong immune system and a healthy brain. 
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