Plant milk: everything you need to know!

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Plant milk: everything you need to know!

Research is increasingly finding that more plant products and less meat in your diet is a much healthier way of living. To consume less animal products does by no means stop with meat. Plant milk (as opposed to milk from animals) is also becoming a habit for a lot of people.

There are already more than 79-milk alternatives available, which should make it easy for anyone ready to move on to plant milk. Most of us have heard of coconut milk, soja milk and almond milk, but the plant milk industry is much more diverse than that.

Brown rice milk, hazelnut milk, quinoa milk, hemp milk and macadamia nut milk are also well known and popular options for people looking for an alternative to animal products. Milk alternatives exist mainly for people who are lactose intolerant.

But a lot of people these days decide to make the shift to plant milk based on ethical, health and taste reasons or to protect the environment. The plant milk market has grown drastically over the past few years as people are starting to care about their healthy lifestyles, the environment and how animals are being treated.

Secondly, these products are becoming more and more accessible, being sold in most big supermarkets.

Plant milk is getting ever more popular

Even restaurants and coffee shops are introducing bigger varieties of plant milk these days.

According to recent studies, the choice to move to plant milk is no longer just because of lactose intolerance. About 75% of users involved in the study, chose other reasons. Another reason to cut dairy out of your diet is because plant milk contains much less fat and no hormones or cholesterol.

With regards to the environment, the impact of plant milk is significantly less as it uses much less water to produce than other milk. To produce a single liter of cow’s milk, you need about 638 liters of water. To produce the same amount of soy milk, you need only 28 liters of water.

In a world that is constantly battling water security, these statistics alone should be enough to make you reach for a bottle of soy milk. Apart from water usage, the production of plant milk also leads to less greenhouse gasses, uses less space and creates less water pollution.

A major concern for people considering switching to plant milk, is that they would lose out on the calcium contained in cow’s milk. According to experts there are clear research indicated that humans do not need dairy at all as we get enough nutrients from other food.

If you are considering switching over to plant milk be sure to try various options and producers, as each one is different. But one thing is sure, there is a plant milk option to suit your tastes and needs.