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Whether you prefer a latte, a cappuccino or a latte macchiato, these recipes all have in common the addition of milk to the coffee. The majority of health specialists advise against the use of cow’s milk in this type of drink due to its difficulty in digestion. Despite everything, you can still want to treat yourself and add a little indulgence to your favorite hot drink. So what should you choose? Alexandra Murcier, dietician-nutritionist, shared her recommendations with health media Doctissimo to find a good compromise.
According to Kelsey Costa, an American nutritionist interviewed by the American women’s media SheFinds, soy milk could be the key. She particularly recommends fortified, unsweetened soy milk as the healthiest choice for your coffee. Why soy milk? According to her, it has many health benefits, it stands out for its absence of lactose and casein, its richness in proteins, as well as its increased digestibility. She also points out that fortified soy milk is the only plant-based milk officially recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as a viable nutritional alternative to cow’s milk.
However, Alexandra Murcier brings an important nuance. Although soy milk is rich in protein and the lowest in calories among plant milks, she warns against its frequent consumption in children and adolescents due to the presence of phytoestrogens, compounds that can act as endocrine disruptors. . These isoflavone phytoestrogens can influence the hormonal system, which may be of concern in those whose hormonal systems are still developing. They are also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. But in reasonable quantities, phytoestrogens can have positive effects, particularly on menopause.
“Almond milk is excellent for your health. Certainly, it is a little more caloric than the others, but it is full of good lipids, necessary for the cardiovascular system. Conversely, I do not recommend consuming oat milk, which is too rich in carbohydrates.“, concludes the expert. Be careful to select almond milk without added sugar. The only amount of sugar present in the dried fruit.