Non-Dairy Milk: Everything You Need To Know About It
Updated : July 09, 2021 12:07 IST
Do you know that unsweetened almond milk is considered one of the tastiest plant-based milk?
The words ‘non-dairy and ‘milk’ in the same sentence might seem heretical to some, but let us break it down for you and bust some myths. Non-dairy milk is essentially milk procured from plant-based options like almonds, oats, coconut, soy, hemp and rice, along with other options. This means the milk is essentially not derived from cows or any other milch animals. These milk options have a distinct taste of their own.
So how does one get animals out of the equation? These plant-derived milk options are made mainly through grinding the primary ingredient along with water. As a result, the calcium, fibre, vitamins, iron and other components stay intact during creation, ensuring that all the nutritional properties are retained. The manufacturing process includes cleaning the raw product, soaking it in water, dehulling if needed, grinding under pressure to emulsify, heating the extract, removing sediments, adding water, pasteurizing the final liquid, homogenizing the liquid and finally packaging it.
"Non-dairy milk can sometimes sound too good to be true, with most new users questioning the nutrients compared to cow’s milk. However, the non-dairy options have lesser saturated fat than cow’s milk and retain proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, potassium, sodium, vitamins and have less or negligible cholesterol," says Kunal Mutha, Founder of Only Earth.
Apart from the fact that non-dairy milk is accessible on the earth – no cruelty to animals, less use of water and energy, and therefore low carbon footprint – plant-based milk has many other benefits. It resolves the milk issue for lactose intolerant, needs low cholesterol milk or has adopted a vegan lifestyle. This milk is highly digestible with a low-calorie count. Buy non-dairy milk for your health and the planet.