The Benefits of Switching to Plant-Based Milk


| LAST UPDATE 03/24/2022

By Lia Thomson
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Making the switch from classic cow's milk to plant-based milk has been on the rise for a few years now. It seems like everyone and their mother uses some kind of non-dairy milk alternative to drink their coffee or eat their cereal. Grocery stores have become filled with various options, from coconut, almond, oat, and more. Here are the benefits that each beverage has...

First off, let's understand why any type of plant-based milk is good for the environment. Producing it requires a lot less CO2 emissions and also less land, which at the end of the day is much better for our planet than when we produce 2% milk. The process of raising large cows to provide enough milk for the country is, unfortunately, one of the largest agricultural contributors to global warming. But that's not all! There are also numerous benefits to our bodies as well.

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Those who enjoy a splash of creamy oat milk in their morning cup of joe will be happy to hear that not only is it a nut-free and gluten-free option, but it also contains crucial vitamins. It is filled with both vitamin D and calcium, which are important for bone health. Who says we need cow milk to get a decent amount of calcium?! Another popular milk alternative that has beneficial ingredients is almond milk. First off, it is one of the few options that have the least amount of carbohydrates (perfect for smoothies). Secondly, it includes vitamin E, an essential antioxidant that reduces the amount of inflammation in the body. What an easy way to get in all the important vitamins early on in the day. What a win-win!

Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which helps out the function of the immune system. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It seems like any person with different needs will find plant-based milk that's perfect for them. If you are feeling quite stressed out, then check out cashew milk next time you are at the market. The monounsaturated fats help ease and decrease that familiar stressful feeling. Another beverage with healthy natural fats is cashew milk, which will help support brain function and cognitive abilities. What more could we ask for from a creamy, delicious drink? While any option at the store will do, if you wanna be extra healthy, check out this recipe to make homemade plant-based milk.

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