Don’t like milk? The complete guide to alternatives with similar benefits

Earlier this month, former cricketer Brett Lee launched a brand of almond milk in India. The announcement got many health enthusiasts discussing the benefits of such dairy substitutes.

According to Kanchan Patwardhan, nutritionist, Kanchan’s House Of Health And Nutrition Centre, the fact that “you cannot really bet on the purity of commercially available milk” these days has made these substitutes even more relevant.
“For example, the A1 grade of cow’s milk comes from hybrid cows. Their quality is questionable because hybrid cows are given hormonal injections. Hence, I suggest that if you cannot give up traditional milk altogether, then go for desi cow’s milk. It is the same as A2 grade of milk,” says Patwardhan.
However, when it comes to naming the best substitute for milk, experts remain divided. “According to me, if you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk, coconut milk is a better option. It contains important micronutrients such as calcium and magnesium,” says Dr Seemma Saadikha, functional medicine expert, founder Namma Mitra Foundation. Patwardhan, on the other hand, feels almond milk is the best substitute. Here, we list some other popular dairy substitutes and their health benefits: