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Taking the moo out of milk

If you're looking for an alternative to cow's milk because you're lactose intolerant, or you're just trying to cut back on animal products, there are several plant 'milks' to choose from. These healthy alternatives can help you avoid gastrointestinal upset, and they can be used on cereals and in smoothies, coffee or tea, and any recipe that calls for milk.

GO SOY - Soy milk is the best alternative to cow's milk. Soy milk does not contain lactose which makes it a good alternative for those who have a poor tolerance for lactose. Nor does it contain saturated fat, as does whole cow's milk.

OTHER ALTERNATIVES - Rice milk is also an alternative to cow's milk and is often preferred by those who do not like the taste of soy milk.

However, rice milk contains very little protein (only one gram per serving), but it is fortified with many of the nutrients that cow and soy milk contain.

Another option is nut milk, which can usually be found at health food stores such as Whole Foods. "Nut milks like almond milk and cashew milk are delicious, nutritious, and a healthy alternative to cow's milk but more than rice milk. Nut milks also are fortified with calcium and vitamin D. "I recommend looking for the sugar-free versions of these as well," she notes.

(Taken from Women's Health Reporter)

TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS FROM HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

* Be aware of a loved one's medical condition prior to a doctor visit.

* Be supportive of the doctor's willingness to help, and saying "thank you" may mean a whole lot more than expected.

* Be honest with concerns and questions, and understand that not every question has an easy response.

* Know the intricacies at the doctor's office and/or hospital in case of emergency.

* Some doctors offer consultation appointments that allow a sit-down setting with the doctor is there to help as best they can.

* It is always good to write down any questions ahead of time.

(Taken from Today's Caregiver)

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