Milk does a body good, but which kind is best?


by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 10:10 AM

HOUSTON—The barista at the eclectic and cool Heights coffee shop, Antidote, serves up all kinds of coffees and teas, most accompanied with milk. The orders get interesting sometimes.

“Hemp milk is one that’s kind of new, I guess. People have asked, but it’s really expensive,” Arthur Moreno said.

Whether it’s to complement a latte or triple Macchiato, there are so many milk and milk alternatives on the market.

Antidote serves up whole and skim organic milks, as well as soy and almond milk.

“Definitely trends in the alternatives. Soy was really popular and I guess almond milk is really en vogue,” Moreno said.

Kari Kooi, a clinical dietitian with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, said almond milk is mainly more water than milk.

“Almond milk is made with ground almonds mixed with water; however, it’s mostly water,” Kooi said. “The nutritional drawback is almond milk has one gram of protein per cup, so it’s significantly less than regular cow’s milk.”

Koori said soy milk is the most popular milk alternative.

“It almost has the same amount of protein as cow’s milk,” she said. “They fortify soy milk so it has just as much calcium as cow’s milk.”

The owners at Antidote purchase part of their milk supply straight from dairy farmers. They offer whole and skim organic cow’s milk in practically its purest form.

“They’re all the same as far as the good stuff goes; the calcium, the Vitamin D and the protein content,” Koori said. “The only differences are with the calories and the fat content.”

Koori said only children 2 and younger need to drink whole milk. They need the extra fat for brain development. The rest of us should have 1 percent or skim milk.