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Are plant based milks the right choice?

Posted by Tintin Sealey

Plant-based milk, as an alternative to typical dairy milk, has sparked a lot of debate over the past few years. Whether you’re lactose-intolerant, vegan, or just want to explore different options, there are more choices than ever when it comes to choosing a plant-based option. However, despite all of these options, not every choice is nutritionally equal. beach-coconut-delicious-322483

Almond Milk

Unsweetened, plain old almond milk is the lowest-calorie option available right now, containing only 30 calories per cup. However, it lacks protein (only 1 gram per cup). In saying this, a majority of brands are fortified with calcium, potassium and vitamins A, D and E.  

Coconut Milk

Regular coconut milk is also another low-calorie option, much like almond milk, containing only 45 calories per cup. However coconut milk doesn’t contain any protein, it is fortified with vitamin A, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, and contains a number of incredible health benefits. Did you know that Cocofrio is a coconut milk based ice cream? You can enjoy our ice cream in 15 different flavours, without the guilt!  

Oat Milk

Oat milk is a rich and creamy option, for those wanting a plant based milk that closely mimics dairy milk. This is a slightly higher protein option, with 4g per cup, but is also a higher carb option, with 24g per cup. It is also lower in fat and contains B-vitamins, along with trace amounts of other nutrients, such as magnesium and phosphorus. Like other plant-based milk, commercial oat milk is enriched with calcium, vitamins A and D, and potassium  

Soy Milk

One cup of original, unsweetened soy milk has 110 calories, 8 grams of protein and high levels of calcium and vitamin D, for plant-based milk. Soy milk also has small amounts of iron and offers almost 50% of our daily recommended value of B12, a vitamin that many vegans are often lacking in a plant-based diet.   Dairy milk and plant-based milk all have different health benefits and will benefit your overall well-being in different ways. Which one will you be trying next?