Coconut Milk versus Almond Milk
Regardless if you are on a vegan, vegetarian, complete RAW, or meat and potatoes diet, the addition of a nut milk can be beneficial.
People are seeking alternatives to dairy for a variety of reasons. The concerns around dairy vary, from the high levels of unhealthy fat, the allergies and in some cases, people are choosing to eat healthier by adopting a vegan diet.
There are also many other types of dairy free milks on the market today; however, the two most widely consumed and preferred milks are coconut milk and almond milk. What is the difference between these two dairy free milks and which one should you drink?
Taste is important, and can vary from person to person. The taste of any dairy free milk can vary. First and foremost, if you purchase dairy free milk from a grocery store it will taste different than homemade dairy free milk. Once manufacturers add thickeners, sweeteners and preservatives, it's not even comparable. The goal is to replicate regular milk as much as possible. However, there are tricks you can use when making your own diary free milk at home.
Almond milk and Coconut milk are simple and quick to make if you have the right tools.
Almond milk is known for its smooth and mild flavor. Although it's subjective, almond milk is preferred for its taste over other dairy free milk alternatives. It has a low-calorie count per cup and low levels of protein.
If you consume sweetened almond milk, pay attention to how it is sweetened and the impact that it has on the calorie count. If you make homemade almond milk, you can use a variety of alternative sweeteners that help maintain a low calorie count.
Coconut milk can vary in taste depending on whether you purchase it from a can, carton or make it on your own. Coconut milk is less sweet in its natural state than almond milk, although neither is super-sweet on its own. Coconut milk is also low in calories as long as it is unsweetened, but coconut milk can have high levels of good fats, unlike traditional dairy milk.
In conclusion, homemade coconut or almond milk are both comparable in nutritional content, calorie count and fat content. Both are full of the good fat, both have lower levels of protein, and both are simple to make at home. Both cost approximately the same when purchased at a grocery store. The difference in cost shows up if you decide to make it at home. Coconut milk can cost a little less to make.
Your best bet is to make Eatnuts.com Homemade Almond Milk and homemade coconut milk with Eatnuts.com Natural Almonds and dried coconut. It is more cost effective, and you will know precisely what is going into your milk. You can also make it as sweet as you like and even add different flavors if you choose.
About the Author
Lisa Saremi is health and wellness coach for Limitless-U and blogger for eatnuts.com. Lisa received training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program on dietary theories, practical lifestyle management and innovative coaching methods with top health and wellness experts.