What do you know about real milk and non-dairy beverages?
When comparing real cow’s milk and non-dairy alternatives, consider nutrition, ingredients, price, and more.
Why Are the Full Mix of Nutrients in a Beverage Important to Consider?
Farm fresh, real dairy milk is naturally nutrient rich — which is difficult to match in most non-dairy milk alternatives, and backed by decades of research.
Milk has nine essential nutrients including:
|B vitamins (riboflavin, B-12|
|High-quality protein||Vitamin A||Potassium||Phosphorus|
|Lean Muscle||Healthy immune system||Regulate the balance of fluids||Bone Building|
How Do These Drinks Stack Up?
There are real differences for you to consider between milk and non-dairy milk alternatives. For the complete picture — from calories and added sugar, to nutrients and ingredient list, as well as the amount of protein and price — here’s how each drink compares when you read the product label1.
|Added Sugar (g)||Nutrients||Ingredients||Price per serving|
|150 Calories||8g Protein||12g Sugar||0g Added Sugar||$0.23 per serving|
| 80 Calories||8g Protein||12g Sugar||0g Added Sugar|| $0.23 per serving|
|100 Calories||8g Protein||12g Sugar||0g Added Sugar|| $0.23 per serving|
| 100 Calories||7g Protein||6g Sugar||5g Added Sugar||$0.44 per serving|
| 60 Calories|| 1g Protein||7g Sugar||7g Added Sugar|| $0.45 per serving|
|100 Calories|| 8g Protein||6g Sugar||6g Added Sugar||$0.83 per serving|
|120 Calories|| 1g Protein||10g Sugar||10g Added Sugar||$0.79 per serving|
|70 Calories|| <1g Protein||7g Sugar||7g Added Sugar||$0.56 per serving|
|50 Calories|| 0g Protein||7g Sugar||7g Added Sugar|| $0.61 per serving|
1 . USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28
2. Sales data from IRI, calendar year 2017, and average online grocery prices for top markets
+ Nutrients signify food provides 10% or greater of the Daily Value of labeled nutrients. Nutrients will differ by brand, flavor and fat content as nutrient fortification varies.
++ Product formulation will differ by brand, flavor and fat content, so ingredients may vary.
* Indicates nutrient is fortified.
** As niacin equivalents.
What should you know about added sugar?
When parents make beverage choices for their kids, it’s important to consider the company sugar keeps. Moms should think about the context of her child’s overall diet, nutrients and calories. Health experts, like American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), acknowledge that small amounts of sugar may help your kids enjoy nutritious foods, like flavored milk and whole grains.
Many people may not realize a food or beverage has added sugar. Here is a quick list to help you navigate the ingredient list.
Do you recognize these names for added sugar:
Anhydrous dextrose corn syrup dextrose high fructose corn syrup
Raw sugar sucrose fruit juice concentrate evaporated cane juice
honey malt syrup molasses maltrose nectars
What about natural sugar?
Ultimately, there are reasons to include sugar in the diet, but you may be surprised where you find it. When you look at the nutrition label on a gallon of milk, you will find sugar listed. But that sugar is not added, it’s lactose.
How can you get both nutrition and value in a beverage?
The average American household spends about 10 percent of their budget on food – nearly $80 a week for groceries. Take a look at how much dairy milk can help stretch your grocery budget.
How can milk enhance your favorite foods?
Milk is the foundation for many American favorites and tastes from around the world, and has been for centuries. From creamy macaroni and cheese to a classic alfredo sauce to a detectable crème brulee, milk adds dimension, accentuates the flavor and serves as a decadent base to many of your favorite dishes.
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