All About Milk Alternatives

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Hi, I'm Dr. Altmann. Although cow's milk is an important part of a nutritious diet, some kids can't drink it because they're allergic to it. Milk is an important great source of calcium, protein, Vitamin D and other essential nutrients kids don't get enough of. Parents often ask me about milk substitutes.

There are many including soy milk and almond milk. But when you choose an alternative milk, make sure you know what you're getting, as they all lack nutrition compared to cow's milk. Here's how they stack up. A cup of skimmed milk or low fat cow's milk, has up to 10 grams of protein.

Plain soy milk has almost as much protein, seven grams. A cup of plain Almond milk has only one gram of protein and a cup of coconut milk has no protein. If you chose the cow's milk alternative for your child, double check labels carefully. Some brands fortify their products with levels of calcium and vitamin D that are comparable to cow's milk.

But others come up short. You may also want to work with a dietitian to ensure your growing child gets other sources of protein, calcium and vitamin D she needs for her healthy growth and development. I'm Dr. Altmann, for more ways to nourish your family's health check out all our smart tips right here.