12/17/2019

龙8娱乐app下载报道Are Milk Alternatives Really Milk?_龙8娱乐app下载官网资讯

By Jeanne Tuttle IMG_glass-of-milk-w-cow-illustration-1_beauty_2_28-1

Milk alternatives have made a big presence in grocery stores, advertisements and even on the news in the last few years. And then in early 2019, the FDA told plant-based milk producers they needed to find a new name because they can no longer call their products 鈥渕ilk.鈥 So, if dairy milk is milk, then what exactly is plant-based milk?

Plant-based milks are made by grinding a bean or nut and then adding water, flavors, vitamins and minerals. The nutrients and amount of sugar in plant-based milk varies considerably based on how it was produced and what was added. 

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Dairy milk is made by milking a cow. Once the cow is milked, the milk is then pasteurized to remove any pathogens or organisms in it. From there, the milk is homogenized. This is a mechanical process that breaks up the fat in the milk so that it鈥檚 fully suspended in the milk. If the milk wasn鈥檛 homogenized, there would be a layer of cream on top of your gallon of milk 鈥 hence the saying 鈥渢his is where the cream rises!鈥 The amount of fat in the milk is what you see at the grocery store 鈥 cream, whole milk, 2% milk, skim milk, etc. Now that we know how these 鈥渕ilks鈥 are made, what鈥檚 the actual difference between them, and what鈥檚 the best option for your family? We all know plant-based milk alternatives can be a great option for people with lactose intolerance or who experience sensitivity. Dairy milk is great for people with nut or soy allergies. Allergies aside, how do they compare?

Here鈥檚 a great infographic from dairygood.org. It gives a general overview of what is in each glass of each of these different types of milk.

If you鈥檙e still not sure, here are some tips I follow when making a purchase for my family. These tips can be used from purchasing food to purchasing a new pair of jeans:

1.      Reading labels is important

2.      All brands are not created equal

3.      A friend鈥檚 preferred 鈥渕ilk鈥 doesn鈥檛 make it right for your family

My main piece of advice: Do your research and be an informed buyer. Knowing all the facts will help you find the best milk version for your family.

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