Everything you need to know about non-dairy milks
Non-dairy milk has been around for some time now. However, they have become more popular in recent times due to more people opting for a plant-based life, wanting to reduce the volume of animal products they consume, or for health reasons. The demand for alternative milk products has grown in the last 10 years which has led to various different types of milk alternatives being made available.
What is non-dairy milk?
Non dairy milks are substitutes for traditional cow’s milk. Non dairy milks contain no dairy whatsoever and are usually plant based. Some are forfeited with vitamins and calcium to allow to you still consume important nutrients and minerals required by the body. Many people choose to consume non-dairy milk due to an intolerance to dairy which is more common than you may think. In the UK, between one and two in every 10 people have lactose intolerance which is why the demand for lactose alternatives have increased.
Many will opt for plant based milk options due to wanting to reduce the amount of dairy they consume. Alternative milks are popular for those who follow a vegan lifestyle as it is the most sustainable option. Others will drink non-dairy milk simply for the different taste and for a change to cow’s milk.
What types of lactose free milk alternatives are available?
McQueens Dairies are delighted to deliver a range of alternative non dairy milks. Our range includes: almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk and soya milk. As well as our range of alternative milks we offer, there are many more on offer such as quinoa, rice, cashew and pea milk.
One of the most popular alternative milks on the market is soya milk. This is because it has a milk flavour with a creamier texture than cow’s milk. Soya milk does not compromise on essential nutrients. It usually contains 8 grams of protein per cup with just 4 grams of fat. It is thought that this is the best milk alternative for toddlers due to the likeness to cow’s milk and milk taste. You can order soya milk to be delivered to your doorstep twice a week via our shop.
Almond milk is another popular dairy free drink. It is made from ground almonds and water. The great news is that it is usually forfeited with calcium and you can usually consume about half of your daily intake in just 1 cup. It is a low-calorie option that has a slightly thinner texture to it than cow’s milk. If you usually drink skimmed cow’s milk, then almond milk would be the closest substitute to it. Order almond milk to be delivered twice weekly via our online shop.
Oat milk is becoming increasingly popular within the milk alternative space. It is smooth, creamy and naturally sweet which is why it is fast becoming the option of choice for many. It tastes great in lattes and is said to be the best milk alternative for coffee. Oat milk contains slightly more calories than other milk alternative options but it is high in fibre and carbohydrates. More brands, such as Oato are aware of the impact different types of packaging has on our environment. This is why Oato bottle their oat milk in glass reusable bottles. This makes oat milk the most sustainable milk alternative on the market right now. You can order oat milk in glass bottles to be delivered to your doorstep twice weekly via our shop.
Coconut milk is a delicious and creamy non-dairy option. It is usually quite thin in texture but is full of flavour and has a whole host of benefits. It is has been linked to helping to boost the immune system as it contains a lipid called lauric acid, which researchers believe can help to support and build up the immune system. You can order coconut milk to be delivered to your doorstep via our online shop.
Quinoa is knowns for its hearty grain packed with protein, and quinoa milk is also a nutritious choice for a non-dairy alternative. It’s a complete protein which means it contains all of the 9 essential amino acids. It is a great non dairy milk alternative as it is also full of fibre and important minerals like magnesium and zinc. It’s fast becoming a well loved milk alternative for the sweet and nutty flavour it has as well as it being packed with proteins.
Rice milk is the perfect non dairy milk alternative if you have an allergy to nuts. It is usually always fortified with high levels of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Rice milk is sweeter than any other non-dairy milks however it contains little protein and calcium. Therefore in terms of nutritional value, you may want to opt for an alternative non dairy milk.
Cashew milk is a great non dairy alternative that is low in carbs and calories. It’s creamy with a rich consistency and sweet and nutty flavour, making it the perfect addition to tea or coffee. It is also packed with nutrients such as calcium, vitamin A, D & E. Cashew milk is perfect if you suffer from lactose intolerance as it is lactose free. Since it has calcium in it, cashew milk can help to strengthen your bones, which means you are still receiving all the nutrients you would from cow’s milk.
Another popular non dairy milk is macadamia milk. The macadamia nuts are soaked and then blended with water and salt giving it a balanced flavour. The taste isn’t too sweet or overpowering, similar to almond milk. It is a low carb vegan option, and is usually gluten-free and works perfectly in your cereal or smoothie. Macadamia milk contains some extra healthy fats with only one gram of carbohydrates per serving.
Pea milk is a fairly new non dairy alternative to milk but it’s so far been a hit with those who are drinking it. After soya milk, pea milk is said to be the closest tasting non-dairy milk to traditional cow’s milk, which is why people enjoy it so much. It’s made from pea protein, and it is fortified with vitamins and minerals so you still get benefits when drinking pea milk. It also contains proteins and is low in calories, making it the perfect option for a dairy free alternative.
Which non-dairy milk is right for me?
There is no one best milk alternative, however there are a few that provide additional benefits than others. There are countless options of brands, flavours and types of alternative milk to suit your taste. It’s important to remember that non-dairy milk alternatives will each have a different taste so don’t be put off if almond milk is not to your liking, try oat milk or coconut milk.
It also depends on how you like to consume the non-dairy milk. If you are looking for a dairy free milk that will froth up well, then oat milk is the best milk alternative for tea and coffee. If you are looking for a high protein milk alternative, then soya milk is the best option. Some non dairy milks are better in teas/coffees than they are in cereal for example, like oat milk. If you prefer a creamier taste then oat milk or soya milk is perfect. For a more subtle flavour then almond or coconut milk would be suitable.
Overall, it’s about finding what type of alternative milk works for you and trying different ones. The great thing about alternative milks is the variety. There is something to suit every taste and dietary requirement, it’s all about testing which is your preference.
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