Health

Which Milk Is Right For You?

With so many choices, it is tough to pick the most nutritious. We broke it down for you.

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The cartons of milks available today vary widely in flavor as well as calories, protein and fat (stats are for an 8-ounce serving). We did our taste test with unsweetened versions of the milks and homemade chocolate syrup to find out which one would be the best for post-run chocolate milk.

Almond
Calories: 30
Protein: 1g
Fat: 2.5g
Taste Test: Adds a slight nutty flavor and is a little thicker than most other milks.

Coconut*
Calories: 60
Protein: 0g
Fat: 5g
Taste Test: Richer and not-too-thin—and does not taste like coconut.

Cow 1%
Calories: 130
Protein: 11g
Fat: 2.5g
Taste Test: Sweeter than others and the richest and thickest.

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Hemp
Calories: 80
Protein: 2g
Fat: 8g
Taste Test: A distinctive flavor that may be an acquired taste.

Rice
Calories: 70
Protein: 0g
Fat: 2.5g
Taste Test: Thinnest but allows chocolate to shine in hot cocoa.

Soy
Calories: 100
Protein: 9g
Fat: 5g
Taste Test: Light and a little sweeter than most.

*Look for coconut milk beverage with the other milks as opposed to the cans used in cooking.