In the past I have consulted the nutrition facts panels of soy milk, rice milk and regular milk to see how they compared when I was drinking all three. Now that I am also drinking almond milk and have compared it to soy milk and rice milk I thought that it was only logical to compare it to regular milk as well. To keep a certain amount of consistency with the various comparisons I have done I decided to compare almond milk with 2% milk from the brand Horizon. For the almond milk I decided to use Silk Pure Almond Original Flavor Almond Milk. If you are curious about another almond milk consider looking at the Almond Breeze Review.
What Does the Regular Milk and Almond Milk Have in Common?
I was intrigued to learn all that these two beverages had in common. Both the almond milk and the regular milk list no grams for trans fat. The other exact similarities were found in the minerals and vitamins section. Both list vitamin A with 10% and list vitamin D with 25%. I was amazed that there were so few exact nutrition facts between the two beverages. I assumed that this meant that there would either be a lot of differences in what nutrients they both listed or that each one has unique nutrients that the other does not contain. That was exactly the case.
How Do the Regular Milk and Almond Milk Differ?
There were quite a few differences between these two. The regular 2% Milk offers 90 calories more and 10 more calories from fat than the almond milk. The regular milk contained one more gram of total fat and half a gram of monounsaturated fat less than the almond milk. Additionally, the regular milk contained 20 milligrams sodium less and 240 milligram of potassium more than the almond milk. There were 11 more grams listed for total carbohydrates and 7 more listed for protein for the regular milk. For all of the nutrients that both beverages listed I was thinking that regular milk was going to dominate calcium, but surprisingly the almond milk listed 15% more than the regular milk’s 30% that was listed.
What Does the Regular Milk Have that Almond Milk Does Not?
Despite both of the beverages listing a lot of nutrients there were definitely some things listed on the regular milk that were either listed with a zero or not listed at all for the almond milk. The regular milk contained 2.5 grams of saturated fat, which the almond milk listed none for. Likewise it listed 15 milligrams for cholesterol while the almond milk listed zero milligrams. There were also 12 grams of sugars listed for the regular milk and none for the almond milk. In the minerals and vitamins section the regular milk listed vitamin C with 2% and phosphorus with 25% with none listed on the almond milk.
What Does the Almond Milk Have that Regular Milk Does Not?
The almond milk listed half of a gram for polyunsaturated fat while the regular milk listed none. The regular milk also listed nothing for dietary fiber while the almond listed one gram. In the nutrients and minerals section of the nutrition facts there were several things that were not mention or mentioned with zero percent that could be found on the almond milk. There was 50% listed for both vitamin B12 and vitamin E, 25% listed for riboflavin, 10% listed for zinc, 2% listed for copper and 4% listed for iron, magnesium and manganese each.
After reviewing both nutrition facts panels of the two products I was pleasantly surprised at what the non-dairy one had to offer. I will be the first to admit that personally I do not care for milk, a mild allergy to it makes it difficult to enjoy and I have never acquired a taste for it. So it was nice to see that the almond milk contained more calcium and a slew of other minerals and vitamins including vitamin B12. If either of these are important to your diet than almond milk would be the better choice. However, I must say that if you are looking for protein and total carbohydrates the regular milk is the way to go. Other factors to consider are that the almond milk has slightly higher sodium while the regular milk has cholesterol and significantly more sugars. Depending on what your diet requires and what you prefer for taste will determine how often you drink regular milk and almond milk.