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Here’s how the most popular plant-based milks stack up against cow’s milk
Cow’s milk is full of amazing nutrients: The childhood favorite boasts a healthy dose of protein, calcium, and vitamin D in one 8-ounce glass, all for a small price of roughly 150 calories.
Yet sales of non-dairy milk have surged by 61 percent since 2012, according to research from Mintel. One in five Americans say they’re consuming less dairy for health reasons, the report found. For instance, if you have a hard time digesting lactose or believe that dairy products might trigger your acne, you might be better off trying a dairy alternative.
But when you break down the nutrition facts, dairy-free milks have a hard time competing with traditional cow’s milk, mainly due to their difference in protein.
And with all the plant-based milks on the market, how do you choose the best one? That’s what researchers from McGill University wanted to find out. In their recent review published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, they compared the pros and cons of a 240-milliliter serving (about one 8-ounce glass) of unsweetened soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, and …read more