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Whole milk v Cream v Almond Milk in my coffee?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2012 at 10:09 AM

So to give you some background I've been pretty strictly Paleo (aside from grass-fed meat, but I have bought a bit of wild fish!) for the last 2-3 weeks and want to continue this way as much as possible.

My aim is to be healthier but mainly to lose some weight (I'm 5"5' 52.6kg so haven't got a huge amount to lose).

I'm finding the two things I'm craving are chocolate, which I've let myself have a few pieces of in the last few days (though 70% or 85% dark), and coffee - but I can't possibly drink it black! I've had three coffees so far in just over two weeks which isn't that bad but I'd like to know what I should add to it.

In the past I would have gone for soy milk because of less calories, or maybe skimmed milk. Of course, it tastes best with whole milk, and I can't stand coconut milk in it.

The paleo way seems to be to ask for cream instead of whole milk. Is this really going to be healthier and help me lose weight?! Or should I buy some almond milk, though there are so many conflicting views on whether it's healthy!

Thanks =)

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on September 09, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Jamie- I was getting ready to edit my answer but after doing a bit of googling it still seems that Almond milk is relatively high in o6. That link you posted doesn't really say anything to contradict? Could you clarify? http://www.livestrong.com/article/243287-nutrition-facts-for-almond-milk/ http://busylilhomemaker.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-vs-omega-6-fatty-acids-and-rosacea/ http://busylilhomemaker.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-vs-omega-6-fatty-acids-and-rosacea/

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on September 09, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Jamie- I was getting ready to edit my answer but after doing a bit of googling it still seems that Almond milk is relatively high in o6. http://www.livestrong.com/article/243287-nutrition-facts-for-almond-milk/ http://busylilhomemaker.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-vs-omega-6-fatty-acids-and-rosacea/ That link you posted doesn't really say anything to contradict?

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on September 09, 2012
at 09:56 AM

Oh sorry, just re read the OP missed the part about not being able to stand coconut mild

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on September 09, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Just to illustrate that almond milk IS NOT high in omega-6 : http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/custom/1981172/2 ....see 3 grams of fat per 240gram packet. Its has more natural sugars than fats. The only thing almond milk is high in is calcium.

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on September 08, 2012
at 10:58 PM

+1, Coconut milk tastes great in coffee and you avoid the dairy. The key to black coffee is finding a quality style, not folgers, etc. Also, cold brewed coffee makes black coffee taste so much better.

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on September 07, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Once you get used to the richness, you will never look back!

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on September 07, 2012
at 03:41 PM

+1 on the bulletproof coffee.

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on September 07, 2012
at 06:23 PM

I like doing whole cream from grass-fed cows. Low on lactose, and very high in saturated fat.

Whole cream can keep you sated for hours.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 07, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Once you get used to the richness, you will never look back!

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87408ee74c4cc8484214c7e7f8ee60d1

on September 08, 2012
at 09:03 PM

coconut milk, with some brands i cant taste coconut at all and its just like coffee with cream

Da51943abcc3acd29440fe001c29a6a4

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on September 08, 2012
at 10:58 PM

+1, Coconut milk tastes great in coffee and you avoid the dairy. The key to black coffee is finding a quality style, not folgers, etc. Also, cold brewed coffee makes black coffee taste so much better.

87408ee74c4cc8484214c7e7f8ee60d1

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on September 09, 2012
at 09:56 AM

Oh sorry, just re read the OP missed the part about not being able to stand coconut mild

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A23898c8f6f9c8f1a3c573b528f6ea95

on September 07, 2012
at 02:37 PM

Google up: Bulletproof Coffee.

You want to be adding grass fed butter - it doesn't taste as bad as it sounds, same as cream but less lactose/casein so less problems and a huge CLA and healthy vitamins hit :D

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on September 07, 2012
at 03:41 PM

+1 on the bulletproof coffee.

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on September 07, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Cream in my morning protein shake was making me hungry around 11AM. Removed cream; no more 11AM hunger. The product was only 3% carbs too. I'm now a firm believer in the possibility of dairy stalling people's weight loss.

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on November 27, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Whole fresh milk with Organo gold is the best option http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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on September 08, 2012
at 09:28 PM

What you put in your daily coffee is not going to be the majority of your nutrition for the day. Put whatever you like in your coffee and focus your attention on the bigger picture things.

I personally put either whole milk or half and half in my morning coffee. I also put sugar in it. Thus my morning coffee accounts for <10% my calories, so what I do there has little effect on my overall diet.

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on September 08, 2012
at 06:49 PM

There are actual advantages to drinking your coffee with fats- the caffeine is metabolized faster and the (apparent) energy rush is stronger with an easier come down. So let's explore the options:

  • Grassfed whole cream: I agree that this is the way to go if you can get it. Unfortunately, I find sourcing grassfed cream to be tough in the cities I have lived in: it tends to be expensive ($12) and come in a container that is too large to finish under normal usage. Non-grassfed is of course and option too, but if you're thinking of making this a daily routine I'd stick to the good stuff.

  • Milk: I'd avoid. Has more of the bad stuff (lactose and casein) and less of the good stuff (fats). It also doesn't help the flavor as much.

  • Almond milk: Doesn't seem ideal. High in omega-6 and also brings it's own characteristic flavor that I'm not sure would be as desirable.

Some more unique options:

  • Coconut oil: this is surprisingly tasty. Optionally add a bit of sea salt as a treat. The main downside is that coconut oil doesn't stay blended with the coffee so you'll want to keep a stirring spoon handy.

  • Grassfed butter: this is also an under-explored option that goes better with coffee than you'd think. Sourcing shouldn't be too hard: Kerrygold is a very common grassfed brand. Just be careful to go light on it in your cup; too much at once and the coffee becomes "sickly" fatty instead of the "tasty fatty" that you're going for.

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on September 09, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Just to illustrate that almond milk IS NOT high in omega-6 : http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/custom/1981172/2 ....see 3 grams of fat per 240gram packet. Its has more natural sugars than fats. The only thing almond milk is high in is calcium.

4f61f7c4a8bb1adeb9cf45aa9e3f9e7d

(281)

on September 09, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Jamie- I was getting ready to edit my answer but after doing a bit of googling it still seems that Almond milk is relatively high in o6. http://www.livestrong.com/article/243287-nutrition-facts-for-almond-milk/ http://busylilhomemaker.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-vs-omega-6-fatty-acids-and-rosacea/ That link you posted doesn't really say anything to contradict?

4f61f7c4a8bb1adeb9cf45aa9e3f9e7d

(281)

on September 09, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Jamie- I was getting ready to edit my answer but after doing a bit of googling it still seems that Almond milk is relatively high in o6. That link you posted doesn't really say anything to contradict? Could you clarify? http://www.livestrong.com/article/243287-nutrition-facts-for-almond-milk/ http://busylilhomemaker.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-vs-omega-6-fatty-acids-and-rosacea/ http://busylilhomemaker.com/omega-3-fatty-acids-vs-omega-6-fatty-acids-and-rosacea/

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I like cream, raw milk or half and half. I have serious issues with almond milk (or any other "fake white milky beverage" unless it's all natural and only contains almonds and water). Coconut oil and butter are healthy choices, but I personally don't like them. Pure coconut milk is also healthy, but again not my favorite for taste.

I would try having some cream in your coffee, say one cup a day, for the next week. Then try it without or with something else. Play with it and see what is most satisfying for taste and what helps you meet your health/weight loss goals.

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on September 07, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Get really good coffee and go black. Then cream and/or sweetener (like stevia) can be an occasional treat.

Once you go with good coffee, you won't want to dilute it with dairy.

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on September 07, 2012
at 12:47 PM

Almond milk is low in omega-6, basically low in everything except calcium. The commercial stuff has nonsense like guar gum in it, but thankfully its very easy to make your own almond milk with almonds, water and a blender.

If your low or even med carb, three bits of cream a week aint going to throw you off your weight goals IMO though. That former is v low in calories, and tastes pretty similar to milk, until say soy milk or rice milk, the later is pretty darn nice tasting. Take your pick.

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on September 07, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I buy cream and milk from grass fed cows so yes, I do believe it is definitely healthier even though it is more caloric.

The main reason I'm aware most paleo folks go for cream is it is tolerated better (and it tastes the best). The allergens in milk are associated with the proteins (casein and whey) or the sugar (lactose). Cream has the least amount of those allergens.

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on September 07, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Your height and weight sound fine/low to me, certainly not like you need to lose any? I've used all of these and cream is my choice out of the three (and it tastes the best!)

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on September 07, 2012
at 10:50 AM

I've had three coffees so far in just over two weeks which isn't that bad but I'd like to know what I should add to it

Heavy cream is fine if you do not have it that often and want to lose weight.

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