Confused About Non-Dairy Milks? Here's a Breakdown of All Your Delicious Options
For anyone who is lactose intolerant, has a dairy allergy, is vegan, or just doesn't like the taste of cow or goat milk, dairy-free milk substitutes are nothing new. To the rest of us, however, the options can be confusing, particularly with new varieties of non-dairy milk popping up every time we visit the grocery store (looking at you, pistachio milk).
While you're probably familiar with soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk, the other options may shock you—pea milk, oh really? (FYI, it's delish). Read on to see on how they stack up flavor-wise and to read each one's nutritional facts—then see our guide to the healthiest milk alternatives according to an RD.
Spoiler alert: Make sure you read the nutrition label before you buy, because some of these contain a lot of sugar and very little protein. And according to nutrition expert Marisa Silver, RDN, the first thing you should do is look at the list of ingredients on the back of the container. "The best choices contain one or two recognizable ingredients, such as almonds and water," says Marisa Silver, RDN. She recommends avoiding milks with a long list of unfamiliar substances: whole-food ingredients are the safest and most nutritious.