In way is nut milk better than dairy cow milk? We share the nutritional benefits and how you can get fresh nut milk in Jakarta.
Mention milk, and cow’s milk automatically comes to mind. Although this is something that we have been drinking since we were very young, there are people who actually cannot stomach milk as they are lactose intolerant.
However, thanks to new findings in nutrition, there are now many non-dairy alternatives such as coconut milk, oat milk, and rice milk. My favourite is nut milk because I love the its light taste, and drinking it does not leave me feeling heavy.
But what is nut milk, and how is it beneficial for our body?
As its name suggests, nut milk is the ‘milk’ from nuts—nuts are blended with filtered water to create it. Each nut has its own nutritional benefits, and overall, it is easier for the body to digest nut milk than regular dairy milk.
The biggest reason for people to switch from dairy milk to nut milk is an intolerance to lactose, which is a form of sugar. Our bodies actually do not require that much lactose, which is present in higher amounts in dairy milk. Since nut milk is lower in lactose, it does not cause digestive disturbances.
Next, nut milk has a lower cholesterol content than regular dairy milk for the simple fact that nuts are from plants. Since our body produces enough of its own cholesterol, we do not need excess cholesterol for maintaining good health.
Nut milks are also lower in calories as compared to dairy milk. This is good news for those who are watching their calorie intake! Plus, depending on the nut used to make the nut milk, they are filled with many essential vitamins and minerals, and saturated fat that are all good for supporting and boosting the body’s immune system.
Nut So Fast
With so many benefits, it seems like nut milk is too wonderful to miss out! However, there are a few things to consider.
The first is to get freshly made nut milk that is free of preservatives and added flavours, colours, and other things. It is also important to ensure that the nuts used are organic so that you are not drinking chemical pesticides and fertilisers in.
The next thing to be aware of is whether you have any allergies to nuts. If you do and you wish to choose a non-dairy milk, opt for rice milk instead.
Nut milks are also not recommended for children, who may require something more substantial. In this case, soy milk is a better alternative.
For those worried about the loss of a source of calcium, here is some news for you—there are many vegetarian sources of calcium, including broccoli, kale, watercress, cabbage and parsley.
Make Your Own
Nut milks are easy to make. Choose your preferred nut—I like cashew or almond—and soak a cup of it in water for at least four hours. When you are ready to make your nut milk, add four cups of filtered water to the nuts and blend it. You may choose to also add a pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon of coconut palm syrup or honey for some flavour.
Once it is blended, pour everything into a nut milk bag or cheesecloth and squeeze it until all the liquid has been extracted, leaving only the blended nut behind. It is best to drink nut milks fresh, but you can store them in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Add the nut milk to your daily tea or morning cereal, or drink it as it is! However you have it, start by adding a little of it at a time to your daily nutrition intake. Enjoy!