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The Most Nutritious Dairy-Free Milks

Health.com     First Posted: 08/21/11 01:33 AM ET   Updated: 10/20/11 06:12 AM ET

At any given time, my refrigerator has at least three different types of milk in it. I have cow’s milk for my family, soy milk for tea and usually almond milk because it can have half the calories of skim milk -- making it an easy way to cut calories without really giving anything up.

To compare cow’s milk to the new non-dairy milk alternatives, here’s a look at what’s best for refrigerated and shelf-stable milk products.

Cow's Milk
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Skim (1-cup serving): 80 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 30 percent of your daily value (DV) of calcium, and 25 percent DV Vitamin D. Milk also offers potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, riboflavin and niacin.

The skinny: Cow's milk is loaded with nutrients and it's also a natural source of whey protein and leucine, compounds that may provide benefits for burning fat and gaining muscle. Always choose skim or 1 percent, because 2 percent and whole milk are rich in saturated fat.

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Don't want this in my fridge.
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