Milk plays a big role in how coffee tastes. And there is no question that the quality and type of milk can make a great deal of difference to the drink. Just like coffee, milk is completely subjective. These days it doesn’t even have to be a dairy product. With such an array of dairy and non-dairy milk products available, shopping for the right milk can be a confusing and difficult task. In this blog post, I’m going to go through some of the different types of milk available for you to drink with you herbal coffees.
Full Cream – With around 3.8% fat on average, this has the creamiest taste due to the higher fat content.
Low Fat - This milk has slightly less fat in it -- around 1.3% to 1.4%. Low fat is better for those who are watching their weight and also in terms of reducing how much saturated fat you’re having, which is important when it comes to keeping cholesterol levels low and improving your heart health.
Skim Milk - This milk has the lowest amount of fat in it, with no more than 0.15% milk fat. Many people may not enjoy the watery taste of skim milk, but it does have nutritional advantages. Typically, milk solids or milk powder are added to improve the taste of the milk and this also provides extra protein and calcium. Skim and low fat milk do have a higher sugar content, but Parker says this is a naturally occurring sugar in dairy called lactose.
Lactose-Free Milk - The lactose in this milk has been removed making it more easily digested for those with lactose intolerance. They remove it by adding in an enzyme called lactase which breaks down the lactose making it easier for those who are lactose intolerant to digest their food.
Soy Milk - It’s got a bit more of the good fats and has a higher protein content, so it’s going to help you to feel full which is what you want
Rice Milk - Rice milk is good for people who have a lot of allergies because it’s the most hypoallergenic. However it is low in protein often there is a lot of added sugar so make sure you choose the unsweetened variant.
Oat Milk - Oat milk contains a dietary fibre called Beta-glucan which can help actively lower your cholesterol. However it is low in protein often there is a lot of added sugar so make sure you choose the unsweetened variant.
Almond Milk – Almond Milk is high in vitamin E, and low in fat, but is lower in protein than dairy milk and again, can be high in sugar. It also comes with a large carbon footprint as almonds are usually imported to Australia.