Types of Milk: Dairy? Non-Dairy? What is in Your Cabinet

types of milkWhen it comes to milk, we all know about the basic whole and 2% varieties that are found in the store, but you may not know about the other aspects of milk as well. There are a slew of milk options out there for people who have certain allergies or want milk with additional vitamins and minerals or even less vitamins added onto it.

Whatever the type of milk you may enjoy, they are all good for you for different reasons, and many may serve as a healthy alternative if you need to cut down on fats or sugars. If you really want to be healthy though, try the Udemy course that teaches you how to cook great meals with healthy ingredients The Everyday Gourmet: Making Healthy Food Taste Great.

Identifying Different Types of Milk

The key differences between milk are dairy and non-dairy. Simply put, dairy milk is the type of milk produced from mammals. The milk you get from cows, goats, and even llamas are different forms of dairy milk. On the other hand non-dairy milk is completely different. This type of milk is plant-based. As you may guess, the non-dairy type of milk tastes vastly different from dairy types. You can find a wide variety of non-dairy milk such as rice, almond, and oat milk in your local grocery store.

Dairy Milk

Dairy milk is the type of milk that specifically comes from mammals. Although it is common to believe that this milk is exclusively from cows, this isn’t the case. There are several forms of milk that people get from various types of animals. Cows may be the most popular, but they are far from being the only mammal used to extract milk from. In fact, you may be surprised to learn what types of milk some of your favorite foods may use as an alternative 

  • Cow

Although it is not the only type of milk it’s certainly the most prominent. Cow’s milk can be offered in three main flavors of whole, skin also known as 2%, and fat free. Each flavor has certain features. To many people, the preferred type of milk is skim. Skim milk doesn’t just taste a little different, but it also comes with a few additional health benefits as well. In fact, there are many diets that suggest people should switch to skim milk if they want to live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Goat

You probably didn’t know this, but over half of the milk consumed in the world is goat’s milk. Goat’s milk is far less allergenic that cow’s milk and it is naturally homogenized, which means that the cream doesn’t separate and it has a bit less lactose in comparison to cow milk. Another key benefit of goat’s milk is that it is incredibly similar to human milk, which means that it is a lot easier for many people to digest.

  • Sheep

When it comes to making cheese, sheep’s milk tends to be the favorite. Sheep are known for making the most delicious milk out of those mentioned above. You may be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy sheep’s milk. It’s also easier to digest sheep’s milk as opposed to goat’s milk. Sheep have been milked for years and have even been milked longer than cows.

You may wonder with all these benefits why sheep’s milk isn’t more popular. The reason behind this is because sheep are natural prey, animals and it is difficult for them to produce milk. If you scare a sheep even slightly, their bodies will produce adrenaline, and that cuts down on the production of milk. In terms of the amount, cows make a lot more milk than sheep, but when it comes to nutritional value and taste, many people prefer sheep’s milk to the former.

  • Llama

Just like sheep, llamas have a great amount of nutrition in their milk. A llama’s milk doesn’t just have more protein, but it also has more calcium and potassium. The nutritional value of llama milk is greater than that of any of the other animals previously mentioned on the list, but there’s a reason why you won’t find this type of milk so conveniently in your store. Llamas don’t produce a lot of milk, and after their offspring, known as a crias, is born the offspring doesn’t leave a lot of milk for humans to take from the animal. Llamas don’t just produce a small amount of milk, but they also are small in population, which means that the milk they provide is hard to find.

  • Camel

Of all the types of milk mentioned, camel milk is probably the closest you can get to human mother’s milk. The taste though is something that is somewhat acquired, but the health benefits far exceed that of a cow’s milk. A camel’s milk has about ten times as much iron as cow milk and three times the amount of vitamin C. The milk has even proven to be a great way to cut down on diabetes. In terms of pure health and not taste, there is no better dairy milk out there than camel.

Milk isn’t the only product that has healthier alternatives that actually taste better. You can find quite a few healthy ingredients that will make you excited to cook again. The Healthy Cooking Fundamentals course from Udemy teaches you about some of the best ingredients and recipes you can use to not only eat healthy, but also happily.

Non-Dairy Milk

Technology has allowed for the creation of milk without the need of a cow or any other animal. Non-dairy milk is not necessarily “milk,” but is a milk alternative and it has just as many health benefits as dairy milk. Non-dairy milk is made from plants as well as other ingredients, such as natural flavorants. There are an abundance of plants that can be used for milk. These are just a few.

  • Hemp

Hemp milk isn’t that great of a source of calcium and protein, but it is rich in Omega-3s, which are good for your heart, brain, and overall emotional state. This milk is made with the cannabis seed, but doesn’t have the same effects of marijuana, as it doesn’t contain any THC in the product. This type of milk is a great alternative for the cow’s milk that you would traditionally use in your food.

  • Coconut

Coconut milk is known for its taste, but in terms of health it is actually quite good for you. The milk is relatively low in calories, but with a single serving you can get half of your daily dose of vitamin B12. If you didn’t know, vitamin B12 is the stuff that boosts the efficiency of your brain.

Milk is a great source of vitamins and minerals, but different varieties have different effects on your body. Just like there are foods that can affect your metabolism and mood, there are types of milk that can affect your weight level and brain activity.

The Benefits of Milk

Milk is always great for your body. In fact, the Udemy course Food is Your Best Medicine teaches you all about milk and other healthy foods needed to keep your body strong so check it out. Also check out the course Healthy Eating: Beyond the Diet Hype to learn about the types of food that can go along with your favorite milk to keep your health up.