Just what are the benefits of milk?

It’s no surprise that the nations favourite milk is semi-skimmed pasteurised cows milk! But is it actually that good for you?

New research suggests that dairy products actually do very little to strengthen bones and drinking more than a couple of glasses a day could actually be very bad for you. Speaking on the new research, lead author Professor Karl Michaelsson, of Uppsala University in Sweden, said: “Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures. “A higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death.”

Apparently around 42 MILLION litres of it are sold in the UK each year, but there are some reat cow’s milk alternatives available.

Read below to find out the pros and cons of the latest types of milk including soy and almond…

Almond milk
Many people swear by almond milk to help them lose weight as it contains a lot of protein so it keeps you fuller for longer. But the sweet almondy taste does mean it contains some added sugar and it’s not suitable for those with a nut allergy.

Try it: in a coffee or over pancakes!



Coconut milk
This is the latest milk ‘trend’! It’s super nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, iron AND it’s lactose free so ideal for those with a lactose intolerance. The only downside is it’s not particularly low in fat so use it sparingly if you want to lose a few pounds.

Try it: give it a go in your morning tea or coffee, mix in with porridge or add it to a homemade curry!

Soya milk
This is the most similar to cows milk and is popular as it helps to lower cholesterol and can help with hot flushes as well as lower the risk of breast cancer. It can however be high in sugar and salt and it’s always best to go for organic versions that haven’t been genetically modified.

Try it: over cereal or in a coffee

Goat’s milk
This is a popular choice as it’s often seen as the most ‘digestible’ milk you can buy and is popular with mums and children. It’s really low in fat and great if you have a cow’s milk allergy, as it doesn’t contain much lactose. The only real downside is that it has a lower level of zinc and vitamin B plus it can often be a bit of an aquired taste!

Try it: with anything, as you would cows milk.