I love milk, and all the assortments of ways it's turned into wonderfulness.
However, my body doesn't seem to agree. I have been lactose intolerant since birth, and although a few years ago I thought I could cheat the system with lactase pills, I have since developed an accompanying intolerance to casein (the milk protein).
So here are my personal ratings of milk-like substitutes:
(I am omitting goat milk because it still has casein in it and it is not as widely available as the following.) Lactaid:
F for awFul! I could never get past the sweet taste as a child and refuse to try it again.Coconut Milk:
C- The taste is a bit strange, the texture is even worse. Not to mention, it is quite caloric. It is excellent for certain recipes though, and the coconut milk ice cream is quite good.Rice Milk:
C+ It has a nice taste, but the texture is a bit watery. Bad for cereal eating.Soy Milk:
B+ The standard substitute. You know you're drinking soy milk when you taste it but it's not unpleasant, good texture. However with all the controversy over the estrogen-like effect, it is something I don't usually drink.Almond Milk:
A+ My personal favorite. Wonderful rich texture, good taste, and a surprisingly small amount of calories (60 per cup). I've had friends try it that are regular milk drinkers and they agreed it was quite delicious.What do you think about milk substitutes? Have you ever used any of these substitutes before?