💯 Why Do One Better
Used in universally throughout cooking and baking, dairy milk is a popular ingredient in everyday life. By switching over to a plant based alternative, you are reducing your footprint (milk takes the most amount of resources to produce) and opting in for a healthier alternative.
We have a deep dive on the true cost of milk linked below, where we share some of the big issues with milk today and the exciting innovative future brands are working on.
Some big things to call out:
- Cattle are responsible for the 62% of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the food industry and emit 14% of global greenhouse gases.
- In order to produce more milk, cows are injected with hormones and antibiotics. They are also fed unnatural, high protein diets like chicken feathers or fish because their natural grass diet doesn't give them the right nutrients they need to produce more milk.
- In general, milk alternatives are better for the planet over dairy, with a few issues depending on the alternatives to consider.
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🗒️ Ingredients to Watch Out For
We recommend you look into more depth about these ingredients and how they could
affect your body. Generally, these descriptions should apply to most people.
When purchasing milk an important thing to watch out for is food fraud. Milk is the second most faked food in the world (olive oil being first, honey being third).
Goat and sheep milk is a common alternative to cow's milk, and manufacturers intentionally put cows milk in these products (it's more lucrative) or or unintentionally (cross contamination). Some other common dairy frauds include:
- Dilution of whole milk with water.
- Mixing heat treated milk with fresh milk and selling it as fresh.
- Adding chemicals to extend the shelf life.
- Including cheap materials to increase thickness and maintain the right composition such as milk powder, rice flour, salt, starch, animal fat, vegetable oil.
Before we specifically talk about any brands, here are some general alternatives to dairy milk:
- Almond: Occupy less farmland, but requires more water and bee pollination while also not being nutritionally dense.
- Coconut: Poor ethical payment practices toward workers, while also lacking in some crucial nutrients and high in saturated fat.
- Cashew: Similar to almond and coconut where lots of water thickening agents are used, leaning toward a decreased amount of nutritional value.
- Hemp: More fat and protein, more representative of the necessary nutrients.
- Oat: Performs well in sustainability, grown in cooler climates. Some worry about pesticides, so find an appropriate brand.
- Rice: Inexpensive, but produces more greenhouse gas emissions than other alternatives and often sold with sweeteners.
- Soy: Most balanced nutritional profile comparable to dairy, but doesn’t respond well to high heat. Downfall is the amount of rainforests being cut down for soy farms.
Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average (around $3.50), so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives.
We recommended these brands for their affordability and quality ingredients. They are all dairy free as well!
Don't see a brand you believe we should recommend, let us know here!
Note: We are not sponsored for any of these links today.