Along with limiting my sugar intake, I really try to limit my dairy intake as well. I’d much rather eat a wheel of brie cheese than to have skim milk in a latte. Priorities, people, priorities. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been blessed with adult acne (thanks hormones) and avoiding dairy and sugar as much as possible seems to help, along with a slew of face creams, masks and peels, this all seems to work together.
I’m allergic to almonds, soy adds to my acne, so unsweetened coconut milk is my milk of choice. Lauren Conrad’s website provides a great breakdown of non-dairy milk options, which I’ve shared below:
1. Soy Milk. Soy milk is to be one of the most popular non-dairy alternatives there is. The Starbuck Soy Latte has become almost as ubiquitous as it’s dairy counterpart. Soy contains phytoestrogens that can disrupt hormones, with prevalent side effects including acne, hypothyroid, infertility and even cancer.
2. Almond Milk. Almond milk is a contender for “best overall milk alternative”. It’s lacking in calcium, but loaded with Vitamin D and E. It’s also low in calories for anyone for whom that is a concern. Just make sure you choose a variety with no added sugar, and watch out for carrageenan (a harmful additive) on the ingredients list.
3. Coconut Milk. Real coconut milk is another amazing pick! It is a great source of manganese and MCT fats. The lauric acid present in coconut milk is even antibacterial. Opt for a minimally processed variety without additives like carrageenan or added sugar.
4. Hemp Milk. Hemp milk ties with almond for “best overall milk alternative” according to Kelly. It has all essential amino acids; omega 3 and 6; four grams of protein; Vitamins A ,D, and E; folic acid; phosphorus; magnesium; 46 percent of your RDA of calcium; Vitamin B12; and potassium. If you are looking for an alternative milk that nourishes, hemp is a pretty good bet.
5. Rice Milk. Rice milk has more carbohydrates than cow’s milk, without the fat or protein. It’s basically just starchy sugar water with very few real nutrients. Rice milk is what people who suffer from severe food allergies to dairy and nuts often turn to, but it’s not the best option out there if you can drink the others without issue.