Everything you read, ads on the TV, radio, and in magazines all praise milk. Yet, now when you go to the grocery, there isn’t just cow’s milk anymore.  The choices have increased within the past few years.  Most people have drunk cow’s milk their entire lives.  Now there is almond, cashew, soy, rice and coconut just to name a few.  Sometimes they are combined together to form a different flavor.  However, if you have read any previous blogs, and agree with the research, anyone with type O, A,  or B, either positive or negative should not drink cow’s milk.  One of the reasons almond milk has become so popular is that is only thirty calories per serving, if you choose the unsweetened.  That is less than half the calories in a glass of skim milk.  Speaking of which, there has been several studies regarding low fat or no fat dairy products.  The consensus is that whole fat is best.  If you stop and think about it, the product has to be changed to reduce the fat.  In so doing you are technically altering it.  Occasionally, in some yogurts and other low fat dairy products, sugar is added which makes your calorie intake higher than you possibly originally thought.  The proponents of unsweetened almond milk boast that the product is sugar free naturally.  In skim milk there are twelve grams of sugar, most of which is lactose.  What is also significant is that there huge numbers of people around the world who are lactose intolerant.  Their bodies do not produce enough of the enzyme lactase which is required to break down and digest dairy based carbohydrates.  For many individuals, the symptoms begin to appear anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours.  The lactose intolerant person may develop a stomach pain, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea and occasionally vomiting. All in all not a fun time.  When I was a girl I was forced to have cow’s milk every morning before school.  The end result was that every single day I felt nauseous for hours.  Unfortunately, by the time it cleared up, the only beverage during those days was again milk for lunch.  If you are wondering did I hate school?  The absolute answer was yes, very definitely.  If you are trying to lose weight, then one of the lactose free milks is your answer.  If you would like to try making your own almond milk here is the recipe.  Soak one cup of almonds at least twelve hours in filtered water with a pinch of salt.  Then rinse them and place them in a blender or food processor with four cups of filtered water.  The blending or processing  make take several minutes until it becomes smooth and creams.  After, strain and store in your refrigerator for up to one week.  One last thought, almond milk contains Vitamin D as does regular milk, and  is also an excellent source of Vitamin E.  In addition, it  contains the heart healthy fats.  In the Good Gus series there was only one type of milk, cow’s.  The series is available on Kindle exclusively worldwide.  If you have decided to relax and have a glass of milk,  while you are enjoying it remember that “Misplaced Trust” is an excellent read and is available  on  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.