Vegetable “milk”: which one to choose? | Humanitas health
In recent years, the herbal drinks (usually, albeit erroneously, calls plant-based milk) are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to cow’s milk. These products are made from plant-based sources such as nuts, seeds, grains and legumes and are often chosen for health, ethical or environmental reasons. Using plant-based drinks has been promoted as a solution for people who are Lactose intolerant, are allergic to cow’s milk proteins or simply want to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. But what are the nutritional properties of plant-based beverages compared to cow’s milk?
We’ll talk to the doctor about it Elizabeth Macorsini, Biologist and nutritionist from Humanitas Mater Domini And Humanitas medical care.
Why choose plant-based drinks as an alternative to cow’s milk?
In general, aside from a simpler question of taste, people choose to drink plant-based beverages instead of cow’s milk for three main reasons.
- allergies and intolerances. Some people are lactose intolerant, meaning they don’t produce the lactase enzyme needed to break it down;
- veganism. People who follow a vegan or plant-based diet do not consume or use products of animal origin out of respect for animal welfare;
- Sustainability. Among other environmental impacts, cow farms contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, so people may avoid consuming dairy products for environmental reasons.
What are the main vegetable drinks?
There are several options for herbal drinks:
Soy milk contains all essential amino acids, like milk milk. And then cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. However, soy is also a common allergen and not everyone tolerates it in the same way.
Almond milk is lower in calories than dairy and may be preferred by adults who are looking for it lose weight. However, it is not a good alternative if you have allergies to nuts and dried fruits.
Cashew “milk” has a creamy taste, which can be a good alternative to almond milk when the latter is too sweet. And also rich in vitamin Ehas fewer calories and fits well in one vegan diet. However, cashew milk is low in protein, so it may not be helpful for meeting all of your daily protein needs.
Rice milk is a good option if you have allergies to dairy, nuts, or soy products.
Like soy milk, pea “milk” contains high levels of Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium.
Which plant-based drinks to choose?
Despite the excellent nutritional profiles of herbal drinks based on peas and soy, it must be noted that this choice may not be suitable for everyone. For example, pea milk can cause indigestionwhile soy milk could be linked to allergies.
It’s definitely worth checking the labels on plant-based drinks, as some are sugary and contain added sugar, and many are low in protein. In addition, herbal beverages may contain low levels of football, iodine And Vitamin B12Nutrients normally found in cow’s milk.
Basically, you can choose the drink you prefer. As with any food choice, eating is key to overall health and well-being pay attention to a healthy and balanced diet. Some people may choose to switch between different plant-based beverage alternatives, which could add a range of micronutrients to their diet.