The Benefits of Plant-based Milk

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Milk has developed into a hot topic over the past ten years due to the increased demand on plant-based milk. From dairy free yogurt to dairy free pizza, the options are endless.   And while this call rises, some are reluctant in trying plant-based milk. Unaware of the benefits towards health and the environment, dairy drinkers should make attempts in adding plant-based milk in their diets.

Plant-based milk is made from ground nuts and beans with added water, vitamins and minerals. It might sound odd or nasty but the flavor is outstanding. Also, the choices are endless in deciding which milk to purchase: almond, soy, coconut, oat, cashew, rice, pea, and much more. This vast selection may be overwhelming but it helps the consumer in pick their favorite flavor, something dairy milk lacks.

However, each milk from the list above has its own specific benefits. For example, coconut milk has higher content of healthy fats in comparison to rice or oat milk.

Another bright side of consuming plant-based milk: they are all lactose free. Cow milk naturally has lactose because of the enzyme in their stomach called lactase. It helps break down the lactose, the natural sugars that are produced in dairy milk, but if one has a deficiency, it may be difficult to digest and create uncomfortable symptoms. Hence why dairy free milk is a great alternative for those struggling with lactose intolerance.

Jared Garcia, senior, is lactose intolerant and drinks vanilla flavored almond milk because it tastes better than the regular brand. Garcia said he drinks dairy free milk in order “to avoid stomach fatigue.”

Eliminating dairy products can improve skin conditions as well. By switching to plant-based milk, you will avoid the artificial hormones inserted in cow milk causes imbalances with our hormones, increasing the amount of acne that one can develop.

Moreover, opposers to plant based milk may argue that it lacks protein. According to NBC news’s article, “Plant-based milk vs cow’s milk: What’s the difference?” by  Amanda Doetch states, “Unlike its competitors (almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk), soy packs the same amount of protein as cow’s milk, giving it the edge.” Soy and pea milk has most protein out of the other options, therefore, if protein is a concern, consider these milks instead.

As a matter of fact, the MVHS cafeteria offers soy milk during breakfast and lunch. However, in order to receive the substitute, paperwork must be filled. Before asking for your meal, ask for a milk form and you will gladly receive one. “The form basically asks for your parents signature and why you need a milk substitute,” stated senior Elizabeth Gomez.

Making dietary changes takes time to adjust to but this switch can improve the health of an individual. Plus, plant-based milk tastes awfully delicious.

Senior, Fernanda Ortega said she prefers to drink almond milk, “because I’m not a baby cow.”