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Goat’s milk is now a ‘superfood’, according to Spanish scientists, who recently announced it’s packed with disease-fighting nutrients and iron. Only last week, researchers also said that donkey’s milk may be a good choice for the health conscious, as it contains high levels of omega-3s.
So with many people now rejecting cow’s milk because they’re ‘lactose intolerant’ or worried about their weight, are other milks a better option? Here, Sian Porter, of the British Dietetic Association, gives her verdict on the health benefits of various milks, and we rate them out of ten.
BUFFALO’S MILK PER GLASS: 220 calories, 16g fat. PROS: Contains 11.5 per cent more protein than cow’s milk and more calcium and iron. CONS: It has twice as much fat as whole cow’s milk, which has 132 calories and 7.8g fat per glass. Buffalo milk also contains lactose, so it’s not good for the lactose intolerant. If you want the benefits, then eat buffalo mozzarella, which is much tastier. 4/10
SOYA MILK PER GLASS: 65 calories, 4.8g fat. PROS: Good for the lactose intolerant— and dieters. Provides the same levels of calcium, protein, potassium and vitamins A and D as cow’s milk. Also contains geinstein, linked to lower risk of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. It has negligible amounts of saturated fat and is lower in calories than many milks. CONS: In their natural state soya beans taste bitter, so the milk is heavily processed to mask the flavour, making it less ‘natural’ than people assume it is. Some varieties are highly sweetened, so check the label. 7/10
CAMEL’S MILK PER GLASS: 120 calories, 5.8g fat. PROS: Camel’s milk is lower in fat and cholesterol than cow’s milk, but contains five times as much vitamin C. Studies in India show it contains high levels of insulin and is helpful to people with type 2 diabetes. In India, it is used to treat a range of illnesses. Although it contains lactose, it has lower amounts than cow’s milk. As yet unavailable in Britain, but Harrods is said to be interested in stocking it. CONS: Rather watery and salty — an acquired taste. 3/10