Not In The Moo’d for Cow’s Milk? Try a Milk Alternative

By Jennifer Benedetto MS, RD, LD, CNSC

As the old slogan goes, “Milk does a body good”. But what if you are lactose intolerant? Or Vegan? Does almond milk do a body good? What about Rice Milk? Alternatives to cow’s milk are now readily available but how do they stack up nutritionally?

»_Vitamin_HB___Why_You_MUUUST_Start_Drinking_Almond_Milk__«_Huda_Beauty_–_Makeup_and_Beauty_Blog__How_To__Makeup_Tutorial__DIY__Drugstore_Products__Celebrity_Beauty_Secrets_and_Tips-3Soy milk, which is made from water and ground soybeans, has been considered the closest alternative to cow’s milk because it contains a similar amount of calories and protein. Soymilk is often fortified with vitamins and minerals including calcium, so some brands actually boast more calcium than cow’s milk. Since soy milk is made from a plant, it does not contain cholesterol and has less saturated fat. It is popular with people who are lactose intolerant or vegetarian and can be used just like cow’s milk.

Almond milk is popular with the calorie conscious since it provides fewer calories than skim milk. Unflavored almond milk contains ~ 60 calories per cup. Unsweetened almond milk contains even fewer calories at 30 calories per cup. However almond milk provides only 1 g protein per cup, while cow’s milk contains 8 g per cup. Almond milk contains no cholesterol or saturated fat so it is an appropriate choice for those on a heart healthy diet.

Rice milk is a good alternative for those with a soy or nut allergy. But since it is made from rice, it contains more carbohydrates and would not be the best choice for diabetics. Like almond milk, rice milk contains no saturated fat or cholesterol and is low in protein. When shopping for rice milk, be sure to look for brands that are fortified with calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D.

New to the American market is a lesser known alternative to cow’s milk, hemp milk. Hemp milk is a vegan product made from water and ground hemp seed, the edible part of the hemp plant. These seeds contain no THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the related marijuana plant. Hemp milk contains more omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids than other milks and contains slightly more protein that almond and rice milk, 2-3 g per cup. Hemp milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D and contains all ten essential amino acids. As for taste, hemp milk is said to have a creamier consistency and nuttier taste than soy or almond milk.

So, whatever your health goals are, there is likely a milk alternative that is right for you. Need more protein, choose soy or hemp milk. Want to lose weight by cutting calories, try almond milk. Whichever milk alternative you choose, however, be careful with flavored varieties, they contain added sugars.

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Local woman’s cancer battle uncovers family link


A Midlands woman’s fight against breast cancer led to a discovery that may save the lives of her sisters and daughters.

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Kelly, Kathryn and Ashley

Kelly, Kathryn and Ashley


Kathryn Robinson’s cancer battle started more than two years ago.  “I was preparing to go to work, and while I was in the shower I just accidentally felt a lump in my breast,” said Robinson.

It had been less than two months since Robinson’s yearly mammogram, but she knew something wasn’t right. “I called the doctor and went in that afternoon,” said Robinson. “He sent me in for an ultrasound that next Monday.”

Just a few days after the ultrasound Robinson was diagnosed with breast cancer and life immediately changed for her and her family.

“When my mom was diagnosed and she talked about getting genetic testing done, that’s the first time I had ever heard of the gene,” said Robinson’s 24 year-old daughter, Ashley Lyons.

Robinson’s family quickly learned about the BRCA gene malformation. It’s hereditary and when present greatly increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. In the midst of chemo, Kathryn tested positive for the gene.

“I had eight rounds of chemotherapy, and I was scheduled to do radiation after that, but because I was positive with the BRCA2 gene, they did a bilateral mastectomy,” said Robinson.

Doctors at Lexington Medical Center recommended the mastectomy and a hysterectomy in hopes of eliminating Robinson’s future cancer risks. They also advised her family to get tested for the gene.

“I had one sister that wasn’t interested in getting tested and a younger sister that I can usually persuade to do just about anything… she went and got tested,” said Robinson.

As it turned out, Robinson’s sister Kelly Moore also tested positive for the gene malformation. “I feel like I’m the lucky one,” said Moore. “Kathryn helped to educate me, and I had all of her valuable information for what she had gone through.

Moore chose to have her ovaries removed as a preventive measure, and is now getting more frequent breast exams. For Robinson’s daughter Ashley, the decision was more difficult.

“At first, I did not want to know,” said Ashley. “I did not want to be tested.” But Ashley says her older sister talked her into being tested for the gene. While her older sister does not have the BRCA malformation, Ashley does.

“At first I was like how do you test positive and do nothing about it…so that was kind of hard in the beginning,” said Ashley.

But medical oncologist Dr. Steve Madden at Lexington Medical center says at Ashley’s young age it’s okay not to undergo preventive surgery as long as she’s pro-active. “As long as you’re aware, you’re going to be on top of anything and catch it much earlier if it develops at all,” added Dr. Madden.

Kathryn has been a survivor now for two years. Her family calls her a lifesaver. “She was very positive, and she inspired all of us to take a fighting approach to it,” said Moore.

Dr. Madden says doctors usually advise anyone diagnosed with breast cancer who is under the age of 50 to be tested for the gene. They also advise immediate family members of breast cancer patients to be tested, as well.

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