The most popular milk alternative isn't as good for you as you'd think

Kelsey Weekman

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Oat, almond, hemp, oh my!

One thing is for sure — there is no shortage of milk alternatives for those of us who are sensitive to dairy. So how do you know which alternative milk is right for you?

Here’s a helpful guide to your many options, according to Healthline:

Almond milk

In 2017, about 65 percent of all non-dairy milk sold in the U.S. was almond. People love its subtle flavor, and it’s packed with a ton of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin E. Unfortunately, it has less protein than regular milk and requires a ton of water to produce.

Cashew milk

This nutty milk makes a great addition to smoothies and savory creams. Nutritionally, it’s similar to almond milk — loaded with vitamins but low in protein.

Oat milk

The new kid on the block is a favorite among baristas because of its creaminess. It’s also cheap to make — steel-cut oats are soaked in water and blended, then strained. It’s great for people with nut allergies and lactose intolerance, but watch out — it’s not gluten-free.

Hemp milk

This milk is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that can help with your cholesterol and heart function. It’s made from seeds from the cannabis sativa plant, but don’t worry, there aren’t any psychoactive ingredients.

No matter your taste, there’s a milk out there for you.

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