Being Vegan means consuming products which aren’t derived from animals. Other than being a compassionate choice, being vegan also leads to a much healthier lifestyle. Let us take a look at the two most popular types of vegan milk available in India.
Undoubtedly the most popular amongst all types of vegan milk, Soya milk is the most comparable to cow’s milk when it comes to the protein content. Its texture is creamy and rich and it contains a healthy dose of antioxidants. Soy milk can be consumed by itself or in tea or coffee. It can be also used with cereals. The taste is often sweet and nutty in nature.
Soya milk is also one of the best types of vegan milk for use in cooking. It can easily replace cow’s milk in any recipe. Whether it is baking cookies or making sauces, Soya milk does a great job because of its high protein content.
Benefits of Soya Milk:
- Improves lipid profile: Unlike cow’s milk which is high in cholesterol and saturated fat, Soya milk has zero cholesterol and its fat content is mostly unsaturated. Regular consumption of Soya milk can significantly decrease LDL (low-density lipoproteins also known as bad cholesterol) cholesterol and increase HDL (high-density lipoproteins or good cholesterol) cholesterol.
- Aids weight loss: Soya milk can be of great help with losing weight. A full cup of Soya milk (244 g) has 131 calories (as opposed to 244 g of 3.7% fat cow’s milk which contains 124 calories). Soya milk is rich in fibre, which keeps the stomach full for a long time.
- Other benefits include: Soya milk increases symptoms of the post-menopausal syndrome.
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Nutrition facts per 244 g
- Calories: 131
- Total Fat – 1.8 g
- Carbohydrates – 6 g
- Protein – 3.3 g
Coconut milk has a rich and creamy texture and contains a good dose of fat. Unlike Soya milk, the protein content isn’t much. It is ideal for making frothy, foamy beverages. (For example, cappuccino) It is also best for cooking dishes which need a lot of gravy or curry. The flavour of coconut vegan milk is sweet and subtle.
Nutrition facts per 100 ml
- Calories – 154
- Carbohydrates – 3.4 g
- Fat – 15 g
- Protein – 1.4g
Is it fattening?
The fat in coconut milk is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA). One of the components of MCFA is Lauric acid, which is converted by the body into a compound known as Monolaurin(MCFA). The latter contains antibacterial and antiviral properties and destroys a lot of organisms which can cause diseases.
Best used in moderation
MCFA is also used up by the body efficiently and rarely gets stored as fat. But they do contribute to heart disease if consumed excessively. This is why Coconut milk should be consumed in moderation.
Almond milk, as the name says is made from almonds. Though not as popular as soy milk or coconut milk, it is slowly making a place amongst vegans.
Because it is made from almonds it has a nutty taste and a creamy texture. It is good for lactose intolerant people and is completely free from cholesterol. It is tasty, healthy and contains only 60 calories per cup.
Cashew milk is even healthier than almond milk. Contrary to popular belief it is not fattening just because it is made from cashews. It contains only 30 calories per cup. However, it is not good for people who are allergic to tree nuts.
Cashew milk is completely free from saturated fat and cholesterol. They, just like almond milk, are a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant. It also doesn’t contain any sugar and is safe for diabetic people. A cup of cashew milk can meet 50% of your daily vitamin E requirements.
Nutrition values per 100 ml
- Calories – 60
- Fat – 2.5 g
- Protein – less than 1 gm
- Carbohydrates – 7 g (if sugar is added)