Dairy Free

You can define an era by its nondairy milk alternative. The demand is there: Some people can’t digest milk, and others are allergic to it, and others object to industrial dairy because of its treatment of animals, or workers, or the environment - Rachel Sugar

Dairy Free

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Not milk? Choosing milk for your morning cereal or coffee used to be pretty simple: skim, low-fat or whole. These days, though, market shelves and refrigerators are crowded with an array of alternatives: soy, almond, rice, hemp and more.

While some people opt for these beverages because they're vegan, they have allergies or because they're lactose intolerant, the beverages are increasingly popular for another reason too. "We're all being encouraged to eat a more plant-based diet, and some of these products fit that category," says Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a policy analyst at the Beach Cities Health District Blue Zones Project in Hermosa Beach, an initiative to develop healthier communities.

They're all slightly different in terms of nutrients — some are low in carbs and fat and others not so much — but Giancoli recommends choosing the unsweetened versions and those that also are fortified with calcium, vitamin D and, ideally, B12.

Source: Dana Sullivan Kilroy, Hold the milk? There are so many options beyond dairy, LA Times, April 4, 2014.

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