Today you can find different varieties of milk at the grocery store such as almond milk, soy milk or cow's milk. Each have unique nutritional benefits. Some people might claim that a certain type of milk is the healthiest, but ultimately it depends on the individual's nutritional needs. Each milk product contains pros and cons.
Almond milk has been used since the Middle ages. It is made up of ground almonds and water. It does not contain any soy, casein, or lactose. This makes it a good alternative to those who are lactose intolerant and have soy or gluten allergies. Almond milk also does not contain saturated fat or cholesterol. One thing it does contain is omega-3 fatty acids which is beneficial for your heart.
Soy milk is made up of ground soybeans and water. Who knew right? It is another option to those who suffer from milk allergies, because it does not contain any lactose. In comparison to cow's milk, it contains about the same amount of protein if not more. It can also lower your blood pressure if you currently have hypertension. Soy milk contains some substances that might interfere with calcium absorption. It would be wise to get calcium from other sources in addition to drinking soy milk.
Cow's milk is the probably the best source of Vitamin D and Calcium. It is also not artificially sweetened unless it's chocolate or strawberry milk. Whole milk does contain cholesterol and saturated fat. If this is your concern then you can drink 1% or skim milk. Whole milk should be given to children 12 to 24 months old instead of low fat milk.