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Don’t Like Milk! Try These Plant-Based Milk Alternatives

The days of having to choose between skimmed, semi-skimmed, or full fat milk are long gone. We now have a plethora of plant-based milk replacements available at every corner shop and café. Let’s look at the plant based alternatives available in today’s market.

Chintu Das
Plant-Based Milk Alternatives
Plant-Based Milk Alternatives

The days of having to choose between skimmed, semi-skimmed, or full fat milk are gone. We now have a plethora of plant-based milk replacements available at every corner shop and café. With more than 60 percent of individuals globally suffering from lactose intolerance and plant-based diets becoming increasingly mainstream, it's no surprise they've grown so popular.

Different Vegan Milks And Its Benefits

Oat Milk

Oat milk is made by soaking and mixing whole oats with water. It has a creamy texture and an unmistakably oaty flavour. It's commonly enriched with vitamins and minerals including calcium, vitamin D, and riboflavin, which can help keep your skin and eyes healthy.

Soya Milk

Soya milk is prepared by grinding soaked soyabeans into a liquid and then boiling it to make milk. Soya protein contains all necessary amino acids and has been associated to decrease blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol).

Potato Milk

Lactose-free, environmentally friendly, and vegan. Potato milk, a relatively recent addition to the plant-based milk industry, has begun to gain popularity in summer 2021. Potato milk is high in fibre and fortified with vitamins such as D, B12, and folic acid, but it's also a fantastic milk for allergy sufferers because it's devoid of the most common allergens (lactose, milk, soy, gluten and nuts).

Coconut Milk

Drinkable coconut milk is created by mixing shredded coconut with hot water and straining the liquid, as opposed to canned coconut milk used for cooking. Coconut milk, unlike raw coconut, is lower in fat and has less medium-chain triglycerides, making it a fantastic twist for a sweeter coffee (MCTs).

Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of the most popular nut milks on the market. It's prepared in the same manner as oat milk: soaked almonds are combined with water to make a nutty, creamy milk. Many people choose to produce their own almond milk. It's naturally abundant in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to keep our skin healthy and our immune system strong.

Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is another alternative to cow's milk. The mild, nutty milk is made by soaking deshelled cashew nuts in water, mixing to a paste, and then filtering. It has even more vitamin E than almond milk and is often lower in calories.

Rice Milk

Rice milk is made by boiling brown or white rice, pressing through a mill, and filtering to a liquid, making it a perfect dairy milk replacement for persons with nut allergies. Rice milk has one of the lowest nutritional contents of the plant-milks before fortification.

Hemp Milk

Hemp milk is made from the seeds of the hemp plant, which are combined with water to make a milk that resembles cow's milk in texture. Hemp seeds are a strong source of calcium, which is good for bone and tooth health, as we all know. It is currently not as widely accessible as other plant-milk kinds, making it more costly, but it is gaining appeal.

Hazelnut Milk

To make this nutty milk, whole hazelnuts are roasted, steeped, then mixed with water. It's fantastic in baking or for giving your coffee a delicious boost because to its sweet, creamy flavour. It's high in calcium, just like hemp milk, and it's also high in folate.

Tiger Nut Milk

Tiger nuts aren't truly nuts, despite their name. The term comes from the fact that they are a vegetable with a striped covering. The milk, like the nut milks, is created by soaking the tiger nut and then blending it into a creamy milk. They're naturally sweet and have a nutty flavour, but they're safe for folks who are allergic to nuts.

Bottom Line:

In this post, we've tried to cover the most popular and commercially available plant-based milks, but there are many more to try at home, including pistachio milk, sesame seed milk, quinoa milk, and even poppy milk!

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