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Dairy or Non-Dairy: Which Milk to Choose for Your Tea?

Tea is a beverage relished by all throughout the four corners of the world. It is the most appropriate drink in order to ‘freshen up’ in the morning. Tea also happens to be a faithful companion that aids you and your health. It is also known to relax and calm the mind through its mild caffeine content. With so many health benefits from a single cup of tea, it is one of  the undisputed choices of beverage for all.
There are two ways you can make the tea: with milk or without using it. While some people appreciate the tea without milk, some just love to add milk to it.

Milk Added to Tea is Great!

Interestingly, milk was actually added to tea for a different reason in the past. Some preferred to add milk thinking it would prevent the cup from cracking. The presence of milk would neutralize the hot temperature of tea and prevent cracking of the glass or porcelain.
But now milk is added for a completely different reason. Milk is known to sweeten out the flavor for teas such as Assam Black Tea. This tea is known for its strong taste. People like to mix milk with it in order to balance that strength with a little sweetness. Some teas also tend to be bitter due to the tannins in tea (or incorrect preparation sometimes). Milk is preferred in both cases.
Tea with Milk

What Milk Is Better: Dairy or Non-Dairy?

To clarify, dairy milk is obtained through natural means that contains no added sugar or flavoring of any kind. It is naturally rich in nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
Non-dairy, on the other hand, is milk that serves as an alternative to that of dairy. Also called plant-based milk, this milk is flavored and has more added ingredients. However, it contains lesser components of inherent nutrients.
For making tea preparations which complements milk and sugar, dairy milk is preferred since it is naturally-occurring milk that offers no loss of important vitamins and minerals. The preference of taste depends on person-to-person. While dairy milk seems so suitable to select, there are some major factors that counter this logic. This is because of certain conditions that people tend to develop.
For instance, one can be lactose intolerant, one could be a vegan (people who reject animal-based products), or one could be allergic to milk. There are some who change their diets as well. Furthermore, non-dairy milk is an alternative since regular dairy milk can cause stomach problems or discomfort in digestion. These substitutes offer them a suitable refuge to make up for that loss.

What are Some of the Non-Dairy Types of Milk Available?

Soy Milk

Made with soybeans, this milk is known for its mild taste and creamy texture (a creamier texture compared to dairy). It is a good substitute in terms of nutrients as well – 7-9 grams of protein, 80-90 calories, and only 4 grams of fat. It is typically cheaper in price.
Note: Soy is known to be an allergen, so it should be checked before use. For those with thyroid conditions, they should regulate the amount of soy milk they consume.


Almond Milk

This milk is produced from ground almonds and water. It is lower in calories and fat in comparison to cow milk. However, its delicious nutty flavor suffers by its lesser amount of proteins and carbohydrates (approx. 1 gram each). It is useful for those keeping an eye on calorie consumption.
Note: The almond content is minimal in cases. It is usually made up of flavouring to replicate the taste of almonds. Its low content of proteins is another reason for concern.

Coconut Milk

Made from water and the white flesh of the coconuts, this milk possesses a creamy text followed by a subtle flavor of coconut. However, it contains the least amount of proteins.
Note: This milk contains high levels of calories and fats. Weight gain could happen if consumed in excess quantity.

Rice Milk

Produced by milled white or brown rice with water, it is one of the safest options of a non-dairy selection of milk. Those allergic to dairy, nuts, gluten, and soy can revel in rice milk. With its large amount of carbohydrates, it has lower protein and fat content. It should not be consumed daily or in large quantities. 
Note: Those with diabetes need to pay attention since this milk contains a large number of carbohydrates. It also poses a threat due to its inorganic arsenic levels.

Oat Milk

This comes from a combination of oats and milk. Being sweet in flavor, it comes with high amounts of protein and fiber. It contains a similar amount of calories like dairy milk and can also help lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein or ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels.

Note: This is not recommended for those trying to regulate their sugar levels.

The Final Verdict?

While there are so many milk supplements to add with tea, it all depends on individual preference and the type of milk your body is in sync with. Each type of milk has a distinct flavor profile and health impact attached to it. Depending on your requirements, be careful in choosing the appropriate milk for your tea.
It is wise to enjoy tea in its best form, unadulterated with no extra additions. Adding milk either deprives you of the natural goodness of tea or compromises the tea’s distinct flavor. 

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