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ASK AMY: What is the Best Milk Alternative?

Ask Amy: I’ve heard that milk isn’t good for a PCOS diet.  What is the best milk alternative? – Tracey, Atlanta, GA

Amy says: Drinking  milk isn’t a great choice for a PCOS diet for a variety of reasons (see Don’t Be A Dairy Queen).  So if you want to avoid dairy, what can you have in your morning oatmeal?  There are a number of milk alternatives on the market. However, it is important to read labels because  many varieties can be high in sugar and carbs. Rice milk tends to be high carbohydrate and  I don’t recommend soy milk.

Coconut Milk

My favorite dairy alternative at present is So Delicious Coconut Milk . It comes in 3 flavors and the Unsweetened version has 0 sugar and only 1 carb per 1 cup serving.  I rarely eat breakfast cereal, but I have smoothies several times a week and I often use it as the base for my smoothie recipes.  It has a very mild, almost undetectable coconut taste. For some info on the health benefits of coconut read my post about coconut oil.

Almond Milk

Before I discovered So Delicious Coconut Milk, I was hooked on Almond Milk.  It is the most common nut milk that you’ll find in the grocery store, but there are others out there like hazelnut and cashew. I typically buy  Silk Pure Almond. The Unsweetened version has the same sugar and carb count as the coconut milk. Believe it or not,  it is actually not too hard to make almond milks at home. This recipe for raw almond milk from Happy Foody is simple and delicious.

Hemp Milk

Hemp Milk is made from the seed of the hemp plant.  I personally don’t think this alternative is as tasty as coconut or almond.  I don’t mind Hemp Dream. It doesn’t come unsweetened but it is also low in carbs and has some protein and Omega 3’s in the milk because it is make of this high protein and EFA seed.  The carb count is low too with 8 grams of carbs and 6 grams of sugar

Non-dairy Cream Alternative

I must admit that this is my favorite of all the non-dairy alternatives.  If you are looking for an alternative to cream or coffee creamer there is a wonderful product on the market called Mimic Creme.  You can use it in soups and desserts just like you would use cream.  If you want a coffee creamer you have to order the specific coffee creamer because it doesn’t separate in your cup like the main creamer product does.  If you are one for flavored creamers – this is a very healthy alternative as it doesn’t contain corn syrup or hydrogenated fats as most flavored creamers on the market do.

Now I feel like I can have my cream and drink it too!

 

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50 responses to “ASK AMY: What is the Best Milk Alternative?”

  1. I started using Almond Breeze a few months ago and LOVE it but I haven’t been able to find a yogurt alternative as of yet. Is there anything out there? I use yogurt in my smoothies EVERY morning but would love to find an alternative if possible!

  2. The major fat in mother’s milk is the same lauric acid as in coconut oil. Baby foods all over the world do contain Lauric acid (that from coconut oil) as the prominent ingredient.

  3. Thank you for your delicious review! We’re delighted to learn that our coconut milk is your favorite non-dairy milk beverage! I did want to take a moment to address your concerns about carrageenan, because there seems to be a lot of confusion about the different types of carrageenan, and I thought the following information would be helpful to your readers.

    There are two types of carrageenan: undegraded (food-grade) and degraded (hydrolyzed with acid). Undegraded carrageenan has been used on a huge scale in food production worldwide since the 1930s, and its safety has been assured by the FDA Gras status. The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) gave carrageenan the highest ADI (Accepted Daily Intake) status. Chemically treated, degraded carrageenan however, is a known carcinogen and is not used or permitted in food production.

    While it is not our intention that our products replace the whole foods that ought to be the centerpiece of a healthy diet, we strive to make our products as natural as possible so they can be safely incorporated as part of well-balanced diet. Along with many of world’s esteemed nutrition authorities, we believe that food-grade carrageenan is safe for human consumption.

  4. I have to find that Coconut milk, that sounds great! Currently I am having soymilk, but I have heard that too much soy in your diet ain’t good either.
    And I LOVE the almond milk! We switched to that last year – until it turned out that I am allergic to almonds!

    Now what would be really hard to give up for me is cheese – Is there the same issue with goat cheese as with cheese made from cow milk?
    Thank you!

    • Mona-
      You can look for organic raw cheese. I would just use cheese in moderation – more like a garnish. I believe that goat cheese especially if you can find locally made is a better choice.

  5. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  6. Great post! I am so excited to read more. I am new to PCOS and need some eating guide lines to start with until I learn more. Where can I find this?

  7. Hi Amy! I am so happy that I found your fantastic site! I have recently been reffered to a dietician who specialises in PCOS but may be waiting for some time. I have read through your diet and meal info and as I do live on a ‘clean’ diet anyway, I was wondering if it is possible to maybe put a list of foods that are a definite ‘no-go’. I am going to be dairy free and wheat free 🙂

    Thanks again

    • Alice-
      If you sign-up for the Diva Dish Newsletter you get a free Kitchen Dejunk Guide which is basically the no-no list. Keep up the great lifestyle changes!

  8. Thank you Amy! Just recently a local farmer started offering their products once a week in our courtyard! Including raw milk cheese 🙂

    And I can’t wait to see more “Ask Amy” posts! Usually something ends staight on my shopping list! 🙂

  9. Silk also has a Pure Coconut Milk. I picked it up (as I was happy to find it…I didn’t see So Delicious) and drink a glass a day like I would milk. That’s HUGE for me as I have never been a milk drinker and drinking something that even looks like milk isn’t something I do. However, it’s good. Not particularly sweet but it’s tasty enough that I finish the glass I pour myself. I drink that, along with taking my daily coconut softgels (it’s the only way I will have coconut in a raw form…I’ve tried the spoonful of coconut and it makes me gag). I don’t like to cook but I bought some raw organic coconut and will be using that.

    But when it comes to the coconut in general, I can’t believe how much more energy it gives me. As I have both PCOS and hypothyroidism, they both rob you of your energy, big time. But coconut oil is a great boost of energy and now I WANT to go walking; my walking is faster, with a spring in my step.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE! You are just awesome! 🙂

  10. Diva,

    I was diagnosed with PCOS last year, after having an absent menstrual cycle for 2 years. I have been to many different doctors and I am now taking a female-only BC pill, which is not helping. I took Metformin for 4 months but had to stop because it made me very sick. I am feeling lost and completely frustrated. Any advice would be wonderful! Thank you.

    • Alison-
      I also could not tolerate Metformin. Read my blog – there are lots of info that will help. If you want a more 1-on-1 approach – email me amy@pcosdiva.com and I can tell you more about my health coaching program.

  11. Thanks so much for this post – I’m wrestling with giving up cow’s milk and this is really helpful. Hopefully you can clarify something for me – my dietician said I should only be drinking skim milk since I have high cholesterol from my PCOS, but she did not seem well informed on milk alternatives. I really would like to switch, but I’m afriad of the fat content in almond or coconut milk. Can you talk about the fat a little bit? Thanks so much!

    • Erin-
      We need healthy fat – it is very beneficial for PCOS. Monousaturated fat from nuts, avocados, olive oil is great. Coconut oil does have saturated fat but nearly 50% of the fatty acid in natural coconut oil is lauric acid, which converts to the fatty acid monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has adverse effects on a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses. Coconut oil is a “functional food,” defined as a food that “provides a health benefit over and beyond the basic nutrients. Some dietitians unfortunately are afraid of coconut oil and to this day are still misinformed about the benefits of nuts.

  12. JUST GOT HOOKED ON PURESILK ALMOND. love it. i spruced it w a lil flavoring for a strawberry flavor. it actually tasted like a slimfast shake if anybody has ever had one of those. When i saw 35 cal per cup i was basically sold and i was going to drink it no matter how “earthy” it tasted 🙂 haha. but i wasnt disappointed. i dont drink any drink even milk if it is high calorie. thanks for being here PCOS DIVA. im going to devour the info and get my buns in gear. I’ve made progress but i can only get better and become more aware of what makes my body work best. God bless

  13. hi amy is it ok to drink silk chocolate milk becasue i have been drinking a little of that and my children drink that to and the last time i tried some of the alternatives i gained weight

    • Jennifer – I don’t recommend Silk Soy. I do like the new Silk Almond Unsweetened or Regular – the vanilla and chocolate have too much sugar.

  14. What about oat milk? I usually buy Vanilla Almond Milk and recently change to the unsweetened type. I want to try the coconut. Do you recommend to always use the unsweetened or can we use normal?

  15. Hi Amy,
    I can’t seem to find where I can ask you a question unrelated to the posts on “Ask Amy.” My question is, however, of course related to PCOS 🙂
    Thanks!
    Steph

    • Goat milk it a better alternative than cows but I still think that eliminating any animal milk is the way to go

  16. I absolutely love So Delicious coconut milk. It’s the best for creamy smoothies and my morning rolled oats. I recently made my own version of Orange Julius blend with it and it tasted like the real thing! 🙂

  17. I just recently found your website and I purchased the Winter Menu Plan this morning and I’m super excited about trying it out!

    I have a question regarding your choice of coconut milk; is the reason you use the So Delicious brand because of fewer calories and fat as opposed to canned versions? I like to use coconut milk in my smoothies and cooking but I use Arroy-D because it’s just coconut milk and water with no other preservatives and they come in BPA free tetra packs. I’m not too concerned with the fat content because of the Medium Chain Triglycerides but I’m wondering if maybe I should be…

    Thank you!

  18. I’m about to order your new meal plan, and I was just wondering if the recipes are interchangeable. I’m not a fan of fish at all, so I wanted to know if I could maybe replace some recipes with chicken breast or if I can just make a whole other recipe for that day. Also, my husband will be eating this with me and he is highly allergic to onions. Would I be able to replace onions in these recipes with scallions?
    Thanks.

  19. Hello amy
    im pcos almost 10 years ago.. im from indonesia. In my country isnt more people know about pcos.
    I always feel so tired n swallen n sometmes my eyes wanna close feel sleepy. Can you help me how i become energize like other women. I wanna cry sometimes. Help me amy.. i waiting your reply. Thank yaaa

  20. Hi. I know it’s an old post. I just wanted to let other pcos sufferers know that it’s best to make your own almond milk or other variation. Some brands of almond milk contain carageenan which is a no-no for women with pcos. Please search up the ingredients of any type of commercial brand milk before consuming! I bought 4 boxes of almond breeze milk after reading about milk alternatives on some pcos sites and they failed to mention anyhting about it! Please take care of your bodies ladies! We are already going through enough.

  21. I’m sensitive to iodine, so I can’t eat almond or almond products 🙁 because of that giving up milk sounds terrifying to me….advice?

    • Do coconut or hemp. Hemp is a seed, not a nut. I have also found flax milk, but you might have to check several grocery stores

  22. I recently discovered macadamia nut milk – and it comes unsweetened, too! But I can’t find a lot of info online about if it’s recommended for ladies with PCOS or not. The label says dairy free and soy free so I’m leaning towards thinking it’s a good option but I’d love some solid evidence. Any ideas?