Saying “milk is not good for me” actually means that our lactase enzyme, which digests the lactose in animal milk, does not work enough, and the indigestible lactose causes discomfort to our body. This is common, but not for everyone. If it does not cause any problems for you, you do not need to give up the rich content of milk!
So, why do people prefer plant milks?
Lactose intolerance isn’t the only reason to avoid animal milk. Many people choose this path to protect milk-producing animals and the environment. Since the amount of agricultural land and water consumed as feed to produce a glass of cow’s milk is too much compared to vegetable milk, it is desirable to reduce the consumption of animal milk in order to avoid the air polluting effect of the methane gas released by the cows into the air. In addition, plant milks are frequently included in diet lists as they contain fewer calories compared to animal-derived alternatives.
What about calcium?
Herbal milks are made with different processes such as brewing, pulverizing and diluting plants such as oats, soy and almonds. Although these liquids do not have enough nutritional value to replace milk in raw form, most of them are offered for sale by adding minerals such as calcium and vitamins.
Almonds, oats, rice…
We can obtain milk from many plants by using different processing methods, it is useful to know the milk types in order not to get lost in the increasingly diversified market shelves.
Almond milk: Although it conquers the hearts with its 30-50 calories in a glass, it lags behind its alternatives in terms of protein content.
Soy milk: It naturally has a very high potassium content and although it contains as much protein as cow’s milk, it has the same calories as semi-skimmed milk.
Oat milk: It is the richest unprocessed milk in terms of nutrient content, and it also contains beneficial oils.
Rice milk: Our milk, which has the sweetest taste without added sweetener, is produced from rice.
Vegetable milk is usually offered for sale by adding vitamins and minerals to enrich its content. Since preservatives and flavorings may have been added, it is useful to carefully examine the product content. We may need to be more careful, especially since soy and almonds are a common cause of allergies.
Brian Krans. “Comparing Milks: Almond, Dairy, Soy, Rice, and Coconut” Şuradan alındı: https://www.healthline.com/health/milk-almond-cow-soy-rice (05.03.2020)