From soy to cashew nuts, hemp to coconut, dairy-free ‘milk’ is making a big splash in the beverage industry.
With lactose intolerance, dietary restrictions and ethical preferences, more people opt non-dairy milk in recent years. Walk along the supermarket’s milk aisles, you’ll be overwhelmed at overflowing choices of milk from almond, hazelnut, peanut, walnut, cashew- and yeah, that’s just nut milk. Other alternatives are made from coconut, rice, hemp, flax, spelt, quinoa, tigernuts, pea – you name it, somewhere a health-food startup is juicing it, milking it.
ProVeg UK, who founded World Plant Milk Day together with Plant Based News last year, recently launched its 7 day dairy-free challenge on August 22, 2020. which is encouraging people to give up dairy for a week due to its numerous health benefits and the positive impact on the environment.
Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice for your diet.
Big on fat, rich in flavour, it has thick creamy texture which makes it great for making curries, soups, vegan ice-cream, puddings and coffee creamer. Its fat content can vary depending on how it’s made but it does offer some nutritional values.
Perfect for those with allergy to nuts or soy. It is naturally sweeter than other non-dairy milk, but not so much for baking as it is too thin. Rice milk contains no cholesterol and a good source of vitamin B.
They can come from almond, hazelnuts, walnut, macadamias, peanuts, and cashews. The last one is slightly creamier and very popular addition on cereals, muesli or dessert. Every nut milk has a different nutritional value, which means there's no one winner. All of them have their own qualities that make them unique and of course, tasty. Make sure you choose the one which is fortified with the nutrients you need.
Free of soy, nut and gluten, hemp milk can taste slightly like a grass (not that grass—hemp milk won’t get you high as it only has slight traces of THC) but hemp milk’s sustainable side is widely known, as it needs little water without any intensive farming. It naturally contains calcium, so it needs no fortification that other milk substitutes might. It probably works better for savoury than sweet dishes.
No longer the new kid on the block, oat milk is a good source of fibre and great for baking, shakes, or smoothies. As it steams and froths better than other plant milk, no wonder this so-called ‘plant milk holy grail’ is widely used and loved by baristas and coffee lovers. It tastes sweet and blends well with recipes that use cocoa, vanilla or cinnamon.
No, it’s not green as you may imagine. The latest arrival in the category, pea has been told to be an eco-friendly milk as it uses not so much water or fertilizer. Made from yellow split peas, fans have admitted it doesn’t taste like peas, with flavour and consistency more similar to cow’s milk than other plant-based milk. Its creamy texture makes it suitable for cooking sauces, put into cereal, cooked oats or coffee.
For years, soy milk- made of soybeans, has been the undisputed champion of the lactose intolerant and alternative milk junkies before nut-based beverages arrived at the scene. Creamy, tasty, it's suitable for hot drinks, smoothies and cereals, Fortified soy milk has the closest nutritional properties to cow’s milk with the biggest protein bang and a high source of calcium. Learn more about why it is recommended to pick organic soy milk.
Whichever of these milk alternatives you choose, make sure that they’re fortified with vitamins and minerals you need.
At naanu, we choose organic soy milk as one of our ingredients because it is loaded with calcium and other health benefits. Our cookies provide 100% of your daily need of vitamin D, B12 and omega-3. They're also high in zinc, iron, calcium and fibre. Check our 3 flavours.
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