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Find the Right Milk for You

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Here's a breakdown of different milk types and what's best for your diet.

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Find the Right Milk for You
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Do you ever get flustered with how to find the best milk to drink? Your options aren't limited to skim or fat-free anymore; now you can pick from drinking from a plant source or animal. Look through the list of common varieties to find out which milk will help you maintain your healthy eating habits.

Soy Milk
Made from plants, this milk is cholesterol free and has very little saturated fat. Soybeans are rich in protein and potassium, and they will help you stay lean: One cup of plain soy milk has 100 calories and 4 grams of fat. While there are many health benefits of soy milk , some manufacturers add sugar to sweeten the taste, so read the packaging carefully.

Almond Milk
This cholesterol–free option is good for those who are trying to maintain healthy eating habits and monitor cholesterol levels. It's also a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant. While almond milk is low in calories (one cup has 60 calories), it lacks many of the health benefits of soy milk, like protein and calcium.

Goat Milk
Some people favor the velvety texture of goat milk, plus some studies have shown that it's less allergenic and more digestible than other options. One cup has around 170 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 27 milligrams of cholesterol.

Cow Milk
Much like the health benefits of soy milk, the ever-popular glass of cow's milk provides favorable amounts of calcium, protein, and vitamin A and D. In terms of milk health, full milk has almost twice the calories of skim (150 and 80 calories per cup, respectively), so if you're trying to uphold healthy eating habits and watching cholesterol levels, you might opt for skim or reduced fat–they provide similar levels of protein without saturated fats.

Hemp Milk
The milk health properties of this cannabis-derived plant are great. Hemp milk is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and it's cholesterol free. One cup of hemp milk contains 100 calories and 400 milligrams of calcium, which is much more than cow milk.

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