Sales Of Almond Milk Skyrocket

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Finding dairy alternatives has never been easier for allergy sufferers or individuals with lactose intolerance. It turns out that milk can be made with some unusual ingredients.

Soy Milk

Soy milk has been a traditional alternative to cow's milk for a while now. It is made by soaking and grinding and boiling soy beans in water. Soy milk contains nutrients, proteins and fiber.

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Almond Milk

Almond milk is typically made by blanching or roasting almonds then combining the mix with water, grinding and then straining the pulp. The milk is both vegetarian and vegan with fewer calories than skim milk.

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Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is another dairy alternative. It used to be common to find coconut milk in a can to make pina coladas, but since people are seeking alternatives to dairy, it has become another staple in the milk aisle. Coconut milk is still very high in fat though.

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Rice Milk

Made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup and brown rice starch, rice milk is another good alternative to milk. It is also low in fat and makes a good substitute for milk in baking.

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Oat Milk

Oat milk is a good vegan alternative to dairy and filled with nutrients and minerals. It's made with pre-soaked oat groats, which are hulled and broken down into smaller pieces. It has a slightly sweet taste.

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Sales of almond milk have risen nearly 200 percent at the London chain Waitrose. Hazelnut and coconut varieties have also increased by 30 percent.

Alternatives to cow's milk were once limited to individuals with allergies, but now they are growing more common even amongst consumers without lactose intolerance. This year, almond milk has reigned supreme; not even popular soy milk could keep up. This could be due partially to the soy itself, which can contain phytoestrogens. Some studies have associated phytoestrogens to an increased risk in breast cancer even though the evidence is not full proof.

Nuts have been lauded by experts for their health benefits, so it's no surprise that almond milk has been flying off the shelves in response. Silk's Pure Almondmilk sold more than Silk's Soymilk for the first time ever. Sales of the almond milk brand have leaped 49 percent since last year. Almond Breeze has seen a 63 percent jump in sales.

Check out the slideshow above for more alternatives to traditional cow's milk.

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