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Food Fight: Milk vs. Milk

Written on November 9, 2011 at 11:10 am , by

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By Kati Mora, RD for DietsInReview.com

Do you remember when milk was just milk? These days there are many milk varieties fighting for your attention. Though each touts their own unique blend of health claims, it can be really hard to choose which one is the right one for you

To help you out, let’s compare three popular milk choices: Cow’s milk, soy milk, and almond milk.

Cow’s Milk, 2%

2% (or low fat) cow’s milk is one of the most common and affordable types of milk available. Each glass is a nutritional powerhouse: rich in vitamins D, K, and A, as well as calcium and protein. In part, these nutrients are what make milk and the entire dairy group important for overall health. Additionally, milk produced by grass-fed cows contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an important fatty acid which has been shown to play a role in weight management and to have anti-cancer properties.

Despite all of these healthy benefits, cow’s milk isn’t perfect. Many health authorities believe that pasteurizing cow’s milk destroys potentially beneficial bacteria, protein, and enzymes that may help aid the body in digestion. Nevertheless, selling or serving raw milk can be potentially life-threatening and most health experts agree that the benefits of pasteurized milk far outweigh the possible negatives.

Nutrition Knock-Out Facts for 2% milk (1 cup):  122 calories, 4.8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 293 mg of of calcium, 342 mg potassium

 

Soy Milk

Soy milk is pretty comparable to cow’s milk. Many individuals choose to incorporate this alternative into their day because of an allergy or intolerance to the lactose found in cow’s milk. Others choose soy milk because they are vegetarian or simply because they like the different, somewhat thicker consistency of the beverage. Its nutritional breakdown is similar to that of reduced-fat cow’s milk, except that it is much richer in isoflavones that bind estrogen receptors and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Which product will “win” this fight?  Keep reading to find out. Read more

Food Fight: Diet Coke vs. Snapple Tea

Written on November 1, 2011 at 9:00 am , by

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Snapple vs. Diet Coke

Neither choice is good for you, but if you had to choose one, find out the winner.

By Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com

You finally caught the bug and you’re making some healthier choices for yourself. Maybe you’re tired of your pants being too tight, or maybe tired of being winded playing with your kids. Whatever the reason, you’ve started making some changes. To be healthier, your go-to beverage is a little healthier, or so you think.

So many women grab a bottle of Diet Coke or Snapple because of the health halo attached to them. The what? The health halo, as Kati Mora, RD describes at DietsInReview.com, “is actually a clever way to identify foods that claim to be more than what they really are.”

Food manufacturers slap the words “diet” or “low-fat”, or even a picture of fresh fruit, on the front of a package and no one thinks twice about eating it because it appears healthy. It has a health halo.

That’s the case with Diet Coke and Snapple Tea. They appear to be a healthy choice. Heck, the marketing says so, the packaging is believable. While the right answer is that neither of them is great for you, in this food fight, something has to win.

Which product will “win” this fight? (We promise not to just tell you “Water wins!” Keep reading to find out.) Read more