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What kinds of milk are low in carbs? I have heard about coconut milk but I'm not sure what's best.

PS: I am from India, maybe someone might want this info:-)

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Meta on close vote:… – SAJ14SAJ Jul 29 '13 at 13:54
Nutrition is off topic here - we won't discuss what you should drink as part of any given diet. But the question of carb contents of various milks and milk replacements are (marginally) on topic. So I've edited your question to give you a chance. Feel free to edit further or roll back if you're not happy with it. – Jefromi Jul 29 '13 at 15:11
How do you define "low in carbs"? – baka Jul 30 '13 at 19:27

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Non-sweetened almond milk is probably what most people on low carb diets drink, when they drink it. It has < 1g of carb per cup.

Personally, I completely stopped drinking milk because of carbs years ago and I don't look back. I only drink a little bit of half and half with coffee, and even though it still has carbs, it's so little that it makes little difference.

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Almond milk has 4% carb, and 5% fat, same as cows milk more or less – TFD Aug 1 '13 at 10:14
Just from some quick research, unsweetened almond milk seems to be a lot lower in carbs than dairy. Almond, Dairy – SourDoh Aug 1 '13 at 19:28
Are you getting carbohydrate percent (per 100 g) or the RDI figure? – TFD Aug 2 '13 at 12:00

Cows, goat, soy, almond, and coconut milk have around the same carbohydrate levels, so there is not enough difference to make the effort to rework recipes etc.

Also coconut milk has more than 20% fat compared to milk having 1% to 5%. A normal human body can use fats as efficiently as sugars, so total energy of coconut milk will be very high

Approximate carbohydrate %, and kJ per 100 g of milk

Each country, recipe, and supplier will have different figures, these are standardised with Wolfram Alpha, a recognised accurate source, and a neutral source, as they are not involved in the food or dietary industry

In many countries, "standard" milk is homogenised half fat milk, so about half way between skim and full cow milk figures

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Whether or not it makes any sense, it's probably best to stick to the facts about carb content (as opposed to caloric content) - it's what the question is about. – Jefromi Jul 30 '13 at 15:09
I cleaned up the health related discussion, especially seeing that the claim which caused it has been edited out of the answer. – rumtscho Apr 9 '14 at 22:41
Mammals, including humans, don't generally have the Glyoxylate cycle which would allow them to make sugars from fats. That biochemical pathway is generally reserved for plants, bacteria and fungi: – Wayfaring Stranger Jan 7 at 4:12

[Unsweetened Almond Milk] - 2g Carb in 1cup (240g), 1g from sugar and 1g from fiber and fiber should be subtracted from your carb count due to how your body processes it.

Because fiber doesn't absorb like other carbohydrates, don't count it in your overall intake of carbohydrate.

So this would be a NET of 1g Carb in 240g. Considering TFD's Almond milk has 4% in 100g leads me to believe that almond milk is sweetened.

*I was very frustrated to see the poor response that has 5 upvotes and the CORRECT response having none. My reputation is too low to add comments to the poor post or post a link to my information but it was from the calorie count website.

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TFD's wolfram alpha link is in fact for sweetened almond milk. The unsweetened matches your numbers. Good catch. FWIW, TFD's post probably has more votes since he included his sources. That's always better than just "because I say so" – Sobachatina Feb 26 at 22:59
Actually- Almond milk has barely any protein, only a tiny bit of fiber, and a bit of minerals. It's really just almond flavored water. Looking at these numbers has dissuaded me from ever buying the stuff. – Sobachatina Feb 26 at 23:04

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