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Does dairy flare up your skin? Meet the new plant-based milk alternatives.

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by Dr. Jennifer Herrmann

Part Two:

Did you know that dairy may be worsening your acne? We’ve discussed why here, but it stems from a combination of hormones and proteins in milk that trigger both inflammation and oil production. Need some milk alternatives, beyond almond, coconut, cashew, or soy? Meet the new plant-based milk alternatives:

1. Unsweetened pea milk

Pros: Unsweetened pea milk contains the same amount of protein as 2% dairy milk, but 20% fewer calories, ½ the sugar, 1/6 the saturated fat and 50% more calcium! It’s also high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and Vitamin D, and it’s dairy, soy, nut and gluten-free.

Cons: It tastes thinner than nut-based milks and is harder to find at the market.

2. Oat milk

Pros: Lactose and cholesterol free, oat milk contains folic acid, which is essential to DNA repair—so important for skin cancer prevention!

Cons: It’s higher in carbohydrates, which increases calories and inflammation in some.

3. Flax milk

Pros: Flax milk is the lowest in calories and has zero fat but still contains calcium and vitamin D.

Cons: It’s skimpy on protein, so try it in your lightest smoothies.

4. Sunflower milk

Pros: A low calorie option with calcium and vitamin D, Sunflower milk has a mildly nutty flavor and thicker consistency than many plant-based options.

Cons: Its grayish color may be innerving if drinking it straight, and it’s harder to find.

5. Hemp milk:

Pros: Hemp seeds have a sweet, nutty flavor, and they’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can hydrate skin and decrease inflammation. It’s average in calories but packs in calcium and vitamin D.

Cons: It’s pricey and like sunflower, not easy to find.

Banana milk: Yes, banana milk!

Pros: High in potassium, vitamin B6 and pectin, banana milk is nutritious and full of filling fiber. It has a light, sweet flavor and costs pennies to make—at home (just water and banana blended!).

Cons: Calorie and sugar content is higher than other plant-based milks.


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