Anti-Cancer Recipes: So Many Alternatives to Cow’s Milk

milks for an anti cancer dietNow that you’re eliminating mammary secretions on your anti-cancer diet, how do you decide which alternative to buy?  It took a spreadsheet to figure out the answer.

First off, eliminate the sweetened options. The winning milks are sweet enough without the added sugars.

Unsweetened Milk Choices

  • Rice milk? Whoa! High in carbs (26 grams/cup)  and calories (130/cup).  
  • Oat milk, the new quinoa-oat or millet milks?  Similar problems.
  • Coconut milk? Carbs low but highest fat of all. (5 g/cup and 25%saturated fat)

These milks are not in the running.

  • Soy? Looking better in the fat department (3.5 g/cup), carbs not bad (4g), calories not bad (80), some fibre and it’s the only alternative with lots of protein (8 g/cup).   To avoid GMO, choose organic.  And to get the full benefits, some studies suggest, start on soy when you’re young. The latest research also suggests there’s no reason to be scared of soybeans, especially if they’re not overly processed, but don’t go overboard. (We’ll have the full soy discussion another day.)    

Still two more options to consider: 

  • Almond milk? Of all the choices, Silk’s unsweetened “True Almond” wins my vote in the taste department. It’s got a little fibre and protein.  Plus, carbs (1 g/cup), fat (2.5g) and calories (30) tie for the lowest of all milks. But the new kid on the block takes top honors:
  • Flax milk, the winner! Same basic carb, calorie, fat profile as True Almond, but here’s the diff: Flax is loaded with healthy omega 3 fats–many more than all the other plant foods. The winning milk has 3 times the amount of omega 3s as 6s; soy and almond aren’t even close. Why is that important?  

Which milks will you be stocking on your anti-cancer shelves?  Better yet, here’s a recipe for making your own.







5 thoughts on “Anti-Cancer Recipes: So Many Alternatives to Cow’s Milk

  1. cancer center here in my area lists flax and flax products on their no-no list as they are considered ‘estrogenic’. I have swapped out flax seed for chia seeds. I would be interested to hear anyone weigh in on this.


  2. The University of Toronto’s Dr. Lillian Thompson has done extensive research on flax and several years ago, did the first clinical trial on postmenopausal women with breast cancer. She fed 25 g flaxseed or placebo for approximately 5 weeks to women awaiting surgery. The results were promising, she found, showing significant changes for the better in the tumors of those who ate flaxseed.

    “Clinical studies on breast cancer patients or premenopausal women with high risk of getting breast cancer are very limited,” says Thompson, “but those that have been conducted suggest that flaxseed is able to reduce the growth of breast tumors in postmenopausal women and that SDG (the main lignan) may also reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.”

    Yes, flax is a plant estrogen (like many foods), but it seems to promote the production of good estrogen metabolites not bad ones as well as Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, which binds estrogen. A more complete picture is here:

    Like you, I’d be very interested in hearing the comments of other professionals. .


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