Best tasting alternative to cow's milk

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 45
   Posted 4/19/2010 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning fellow UCers :-)

After some bleeding, D, and urgency last week, my doctor prescribed prednisone, and told me she wants me off dairy for at least a few weeks, since my body definitely can't handle it when I'm flaring.

My question for you is, what do you think is the best tasting milk alternative is? I'm not a big milk drinker, but I do like to have milk on my cereal in the morning.
27 year old female, diagnosed 9/2009
Asacol: 2 pills 3x a day
Folic Acid: 1x a day
Probiotics: 2 pills 2x a day
BC: extended use- 1 active pill for 12 weeks straight, then 1 week of inactive pills

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 195
   Posted 4/19/2010 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know as I can say if it is better tasting than cow's milk, but I use rice milk on my gluten free rice chex or corn chex.
I also use a splash of rice milk in tea or coffee and I find it to be okay.
I have used it for so long now that I don't miss cow's milk at all.
Good luck--
UC dx in 2008
4g Mesalamine nightly
Healthy Trinity x4/daily
DigestaLac x2/daily
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega x2/daily
Curcumin Plus
Following Ageless Nutrition Colorectal Recovery Program x2.5 months

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 4/19/2010 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
The best milk alternative I've been using for years now is Almond Breeze - it's super delicious and dairy free.
Diagnosed with UC 1998. Currently on Asacol 3 tablets, 3 times a day. Also Probiotics (Align) - 1 tablet a day (just started). Started again on RowASA and plan to taper off IF symptoms get better. Also taking Flaxseed/fish oil at least 3 times a day. Currently getting over a flare-up & loud tummy noises getting better!

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 5695
   Posted 4/19/2010 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I also vote for almond milk.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 2103
   Posted 4/19/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Why does she want you off dairy? Because of lactose or an allergy?
If it's just about lactose I'd say lactaid because it tastes the most like normal milk but other than that soy isn't too bad.
21 year old college student
Diagnosed in March 2005. Flared for almost two years. Got into remission in Jan 2006 through a bowel rest. Got bad case of mono in Feb 2006 from being on 6-mp but went back into remission in Mar 2006. It's been FOUR blissful years!!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x, 25mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
"It is not the strongest speices that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change"
Charles Darwin

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 357
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
My favorite is Silk Pure Almond Milk. It is in the cold section right next to the milk, sold in half gallon cartons!
Daughter, age 9, diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in Oct 09,now UC in Mar '10
Back on Prednisone as she is flaring :(
VSL, Flax oil, Iron,vitamins
Unable to tolerate 5 ASA's, started 6-mp

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 312
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been thinking about trying some of these. In for more recommendations and opinions ;]
juju / UC Since July 2001
Flares: Jan 2006, Feb 2010
Currently: Flaring since 2/25/10 :(
Meds: Asacol HD 800mg x4/day

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1439
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I use good old Silk soy milk with my cereal...I like the omega 3 enhanced one.
Heather, 22/Female/NJ
Ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Feeling much better, except for the roid side effects.
Currently on lialda 4x/day, azithioprine 100 mg/day, Prednisone taper, calcium and d, B12. Enemas make things WORSE
Allergies: penicillin, sulfa, bee stings, environmental (especially ragweed!), OTC meds as needed

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 735
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I've said before watch the carageenan in some milk subsitutes if you go that route, it is a thickener additive and possible link to IBD and inflammation according to some scientific studies done.

If you can drink goats milk that is better than cow's milk and taste about the same, just very expensive.
Almond and Rice milk are worth trying, but they still aren't milk and don't taste like it.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 2865
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have read both good and bad things about soy milk for anyone.  I find it gives me more gas than regular 2%.  I tried it because I thought maybe it would help or be heallthier for me.  My husband likes the chocolate silk and has no problems but he has a cast iron stomach and colon - so far!
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines including rectal meds, etc. 
Prednisone for about 5 months - tried 6 MP with no help. 
No prescriptions now except for Cortifoam about once a week.  Now treating only with Imodium and Pepto Bismal and below....
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 4/19/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Goats milk is a much better milk to drink than cows milk, (google goats milk vs cows milk)...but it's still a dairy so I don't know if your doc will want you drinking it either, maybe just give up all dairy as your doc suggested and see what happens, you can always introduce goats milk when you/your doc decide to do dairy again.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2818
   Posted 4/19/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Goats milk yogurt and regular soy milk for me. Need to try almond. (sounds delish)

diagnosed pancolitis mild to mod Sept. 2009
On Pred since March 20, 2010 -- now 5 mg. tapering
12 400 mg. Asacol daily, 1000 mg. Canasa every third day, Rowesa enemas nightly; 1 1/2 tsp psyllium husk powder VSL-#3 -- one packet daily, multi-vitamin; 1200 mg calcium plus D, 1000 mg Biotin 5,000 (hair loss)
Eliminated dairy, red meat,alcohol caffeine, spicy, fried, greasy, vinegar and citrus.
Bipolar - Lamictal 200 mg, Zyprexa 5 mg.
Sleeping - Ambien 3.75 milligrams.
Omeprazole 40 mg for GERD

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 357
   Posted 4/19/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I've said before watch the carageenan in some milk subsitutes if you go that route, it is a thickener additive and possible link to IBD and inflammation according to some scientific studies done.

The Almond Milk I mentioned above does NOT contain carageenan and that is why I bought it!
Daughter, age 9, diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in Oct 09,now UC in Mar '10
Back on Prednisone as she is flaring :(
VSL, Flax oil, Iron,vitamins
Unable to tolerate 5 ASA's, started 6-mp

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3231
   Posted 4/19/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm very picky about my milk. If it tastes even a little off, I don't like it. So I usually won't drink milk when I'm flaring, and I take a Lactaid when I'm coming out of a flare. If you find out that you really don't like any of the milk alternatives, then try taking a Lactaid before drinking any milk and see how that goes.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 610
   Posted 4/19/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Almond milk.

Ugh Just Ugh
Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 1004
   Posted 4/19/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually like Soy, Rice, and Almond. But the almond to me has a nutty taste not a bad thing really just I don't always want a nutty taste. I think my stomach likes the rice milk the best so that's what I tend to buy. I can't drink regular milk. I think I'm slightly lactose intolerant!
Originally Diagnosed: 7/08 Mild left sided UC
Current Flare started 12/26/09: Severe Inflammation through Entire Colon, some patchiness indicates might be Crohn's.
Current Meds: Prednisone 25mg (tapering form 60mg since 4/1/10)
Imuran 150mg, Lialda, Ambien CR 12.5mg, Xanax, Lexapro
Past Meds: Mesalamine Enemas, Canasa Suppositories, Hydrocortisone Enema & Supp. Asacol.

luna ray
Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 31
   Posted 4/19/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I also use rice milk (can't do soy, dairy, or almond). Some kinds are better than others though -- some of the brands are a bit gritty. I would recommend Natura, which is quite nice.
Diagnosed UC in Dec 2008. Currently recovering from flare. Hospitalized March 2010.
- 6MP (purinethol) 50mg/day
- dexamethasone 3mg/day (tapering down)
- novo-quetiapine 25mg/day (to counteract effects of steroid)
- salofalk 2X500mg 4x/day; salofalk enemas 4ml/day as needed
- supplements: L-glutamine, vitamin D, calcium-magnesium citrate, probiotics (Udo's), Tyler Gastric Complex
- multiple allergies and food sensitivities: no wheat/nuts, limit dairy/soy/sugar/caffeine, no lettuce/raw greens, few raw fruits/veggies

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 675
   Posted 4/20/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently switched from Silk Soy to Almond milk for most uses. But for my cup of decaf coffee in the morning I use a coconut milk "creamer" by SO Delicious. I also like the coconut milk "ice cream" sandwiches by SO Delicious for a treat. Yummo!
UC/Pancolitis since 2003.  Currently in Remission. Multi-vitamin, calcium, omeprazole, benefiber, Lialda, Librax, enablex, pro-biotics. Former Remicade user.  Michigan, USA.
"The secret to my own happiness, my own good future, is within my own hands, I must not miss that opportunity"

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2105
   Posted 4/20/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Almond Milk. I like almond breeze best, vanilla... and can drink a whole carton of the chocolate, lol.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Remicade, Sulfasalazine 3g/day, Rear meds as needed
Psyllium (palm full twice daily)
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

aloe plus
New Member

Date Joined May 2013
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/21/2013 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
their is a new Aloe vera supplement that can be mixed into and milk alternative that adds tremendous nutritional content. they can be would at *removed URL* :-)

Please read the site terms - advertising is not allowed.

Post Edited By Moderator (notsosicklygirl) : 5/21/2013 7:09:33 PM (GMT-6)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 7997
   Posted 5/21/2013 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
oh gee, what have we here -
they can be would ? huh ?

aloe plus
New Member

Date Joined May 2013
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/21/2013 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
my bad....

They can be found at *removed URL*

Post Edited By Moderator (notsosicklygirl) : 5/21/2013 7:09:52 PM (GMT-6)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2004
Total Posts : 7997
   Posted 5/21/2013 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
so what form of ibd do you have ?
diagnosed with pancolitis december 21, 2003
currently taking: -- Astaxanthin,vit D, ALA, DHEA, a smorgassbord of probiotics, & Wild Harvest Inflamma Shield -
No Gluten, Rice, Corn, or Sugar - No Meds - Just good, healthy food -
Lots of H2O, exercise & sleep as much as possible & enjoy this great life that God has blessed me with -

Elite Member

Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29771
   Posted 5/22/2013 1:17 AM (GMT -7)   
the spamming kind

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 5/22/2013 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Horizon organic lactose free me is my dairy of choice. I have also done almond milk and silk soy milk but some how I never end of finishing a carton of that stuff. I tend to consume more milk or at lest comply more with the lactose free that I desperately need if I have the lactose free milk. It tastes exactly like regular milk just maybe a tad sweeter.

This weird thing happens when I get a new carton of the horizon I prefer it over milk. But after finishing a carton if I have to do real milk and take lactose pills it taste better but then when I go back to the horizon it taste better again. So I think it is as close as you can get if you are only trying to avoid lactose.
30 female. Sherrie, 2007 diagnosed with UC, also have Hypothyroidism, Leukocytosis, Agoraphobia, Bipolar tendencies, Panic disorder, Acid reflux, Lactose intolerance, Eczema, Migraines, Degenerative disk, Hypertension, and Anemia.
Lialda, Canasa, Hyoscyamine sulfa, digestive ad lactose defense, lyrica, Lomotil , klor-con20, VSL 3DS, Rainbow light, bit D Pred 20mg, started Humira 12/31
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, November 17, 2017 4:12 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,894,881 posts in 317,744 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 157351 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, hunter46.
437 Guest(s), 17 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Auggiemommy, jeff7251954, Wings of Eagles, RedLabel, RedSparrow, CuriousCharles, cashlessclay, 10LymeB, Almost a 10, Lymie24, hunter46, Mergirl, JasonSinis, Wintersummer, halbert, Traneboy, lapilot

About Us | Advertise | Donate
Newsletter | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer
Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Pinterest
©1996-2017 LLC  All Rights Reserved.