What is the best non-dairy milk.
We’ve been drinking almond milk for years now, and I never really thought much of it. Until…I was on Facebook and someone said….
…beekeepers actually look after the bees for honey. They get fed and thrive, but on the other hand sending bees for almond gardens is a death sentence for many bees. Should we stop having almond milk then? It’s more ethical and probably better for bees.
Is there anything we humans can do that doesn’t send so many beings to their death?
It there anything we can do to feed the worlds growing population that is in any way sustainable?
Sometimes I feel like just throwing my hands up like so many others and saying I’m done. There is nothing we can do.
But, that’s not me and not very good for my mental well being, so I’m going to continue making choices that at the time are at least a better option then the choice I was making the day before.
So….which is the best non-dairy milk, when you take health, other beings and sustainability into consideration?
What is the most sustainable plant-based milk in today’s market? Plant “milks” are the most popular vegan food products of the 21st century, and for good reason. Nearly 70% of the world population suffers from some degree of lactose intolerance. The carbon footprint of the dairy industry is also growing and decidedly unsustainable. But with regards to sustainability, not all plant milks are created equal. This video is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the environmental impact and sustainability of the most popular plant-based milks in the world.
Based on this list the top 5 sustainable milks are:
I’m not comfortable with peanut milk, I already find myself a little sensitive to peanuts, so I only eat them occasionally. That, and the kids couldn’t take it school if they wanted.
And the main barrier, I have not seen peanut milk for sale.
Coconut milk is another one that I’m not comfortable with. I’m sure the saturated fat in coconuts is not as bad as saturated fat in meats, but it’s still been shown to raise cholesterol.
We don’t actually need dairy or non-dairy milks, it’s more a treat and probably should be treated that way, for health and the environment.
The 3 milks left in the top 5, Oat, Pea and Hemp milk all seem like great options. I really like the fact that Oat milk is available for sale at our local Costco.
But according to Dr. Campbell, oat milk is really high in sugar, he doesn’t recommended it.
In fact, he recommends nut milks if you really want to drink milk.
Almond Milk: I like the nut milks the best, but it’s important that you only choose unsweetened varieties.https://foodrevolution.org/blog/healthiest-plant-based-milk/
Not the best for the environment but might be the best for your health.
Which Non-Dairy Milk is the Healthiest?
The rice milk and the coconut milk and the almond milk are very low in protein. So if you’re looking to get a protein source like a vegetarian or plant-based protein source, these are not very good.
Soy has about four grams of fat per cup, and again, these are healthier fats than the fats that you might find in a 2% milk, but it’s equivalent in the amount of fat. Oat milk, about three grams. It depends on the brand. Coconut milk is a little bit higher. It’s about six grams of fat. I don’t really see the benefit to coconut milk. It’s higher in saturated fats, although now we know that the saturated fat in coconut is probably not as detrimental to cardiovascular health as we once thought, but I think the jury is still out, and I wouldn’t be taking a lot of saturated fats from coconut products right now.
If you are just going for health, the milk you choose will vary depending on your current health goals and what you believe on the risks of saturated fats.
Are you using your non-dairy milk in your tea?
What About Coconuts, Coconut Milk, and Coconut Oil MCTs?
Are You Using Soy Milk In Your Tea?
Soy Milk Suppression?
In general though as I was saying before you don’t really need milk in any form.
None of these plant milks are amazing in any particular health-promoting way. So drinking more is not better. Have a serving or two a day for cereal, perhaps as a drink ingredient, or for cooking and baking, but I don’t see any value at all in drinking glass after glass of any of this stuff. In fact, I worry when my patients are getting many of their calories in liquid form. Use your teeth and chew some whole foods.https://foodrevolution.org/blog/healthiest-plant-based-milk/
So what is the best non-dairy milk? I don’t know.
I’m going to check out the sugar content of the oat milk at Costco and see how it compares to unsweetened almond milk.
I will keep my eye out for hemp milk. But overall, I think my plan is just going to be greatly reducing my use of non-dairy milk.
I will treat it as a treat, not something that I have daily.