Dr. Oz's 99 Healthiest Foods -- How Many Are In Your Shopping Cart?

Find out which healthy staples Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of the Dr. Oz Show, recommends plus get tips on how to save at checkout (100 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Supermarket Staple #41: Milk (2% Organic, Almond, Soy)

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a Jessica Smith on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:22PM

Why It's a Must Have: Milk is a healthy diet must have, and the good news is that Dr. Oz says you can enjoy it in whatever form of it you prefer – whether it’s from a cow, almonds or soy. Surprised to see 2% milk and not skim on this list? So were we, so we asked Dr. Oz why he recommends it over its lower fat option. “While skim milk is an easy way to cut some calories, you’re actually denying yourself many of the nutritional benefits found in dairy fat, like fat soluble vitamins,” Dr. Oz explains. “Plus, studies indicate drinking milk fats may actually help you lose weight. Dairy fat contains CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which has been linked to a decrease in stored body fat. 2% milk is a great compromise between skim and whole milk – you’ll still be getting some of the benefits of dairy fats, but you won’t be consuming the fat in excess.”

And if you need a non-dairy alternative, but have a soy allergy, feel free to sip on some almond milk without worrying about losing out on calcium. “Almond can be a tasty alternative to cow milk if you have a dairy or soy allergy – or you simply want to try something different. Naturally, however, it does not have nearly the same amount of calcium as cow milk. For this reason, almost all of the almond milk sold in supermarkets is enriched with calcium,” says Dr. Oz.

Budget Bonus: Soy and almond milk tend to be a bit pricier than cow’s milk, so save money by visiting your favorite brand’s website and searching for promotions or coupons. We love Almond Breeze’s almond milk and their 55-cent-off coupon too!

Recipes to Try:

Banana Pudding Pops

Dairy-Free Banana Rice Pudding

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