There are a plethora of plant milks on our supermarket shelves, and for the newbie to all things non-dairy it can be a bit of a mindfield.
Yes there are many and I have tried many; over the last 4 years since I stopped buying cows’ milk, the availability and options have grown and grown. It’s absolutely fantastic and there is so much range and choice… literally whatever your need, there’s a plant milk for that.
I tend to have several on the go at once because I like different ones for different uses, for example I like almond milk in my cereal but I prefer soy in my tea etc.
Also, although plant milks may seem on the surface to be a bit dearer than their crueller counterparts, they actually last a lot longer… one carton in my house can literally last 2-3 weeks before starting to go a bit off!
Plus there is the bonus of being able to buy in bulk and so having a good stock of milk at the ready, therfore running out of milk and running out to the shop in your slippers is a thing of the past!
So here is my list of top milks – I’ll start with what I use for tea & coffee, then for other uses… and I’ll explain a bit at the end as to why dairy is indeed scary.
Tea & coffee
My best bet / failsafe milk for tea is any supermarket own brand long life soy milk. I don’t like to have any flavour in my cup of tea (i.e. some almond milks have a strong taste) and these ones don’t taste of anything so they are ideal. Plus they don’t split/ curdle. You can get them in the longlife/ UHT milk section of the supermarket. They are mega cheap and last for absolutely ages.
Aldi own plant milks are good too.. also very cheap and found on the aisle shelf, not in the fridge.
I recently discovered Alpro organic whole bean soya is great in tea and coffee also…
…and my new favourite is from M&S – “Multi grain drink” – which is perfect for tea and coffee 💚
People swear by Oatly barista for coffee but I’ve not tried it yet.
I don’t drink coffee very often so I never dedicated the time to finding out what works best, but apart from those mentioned above, some almond milks do work, as well as oat and cashew.
However, I believe the tricky aspect with coffee is that different blends/ types etc will affect the outcome of any type of milk. So what works for one person with their coffee, won’t necessarily work for you with yours! So it really is a case of trial and error.
In general I find rice milk too watery so I rarely buy it. We mostly have soy for tea and almond for everything else. Hemp is nice though as is coconut for smoothies and cereal etc.
The plant milks sold in the fridges tend to be a bit pricier than the ones kept on the aisle shelves, in my experience, so that’s something to take into consideration when it comes to price.
Most supermarkets do their own versions of plant milks so depending on what your nearest stores are you’ll have different ones to try.
Just have a bit of an experiment and play about and find what’s fits your tastes and uses best.
So now you know a bit more about what milks to start with, maybe you’re wondering why stop using dairy at all?
There are 3 main avenues of reasons why – the first being the cruelty involved, the second being the benefits to the environment and the third being the benefits to your health.
So let’s start with the first – cruelty. Dairy is extremely cruel. A female must first be impregnated (forcibly and against her will – in the industry they even use the term ‘rape racks’) she will then be pregnant for 9 months to give birth to a baby that is then taken from her, so that the milk intended for her baby can be given to humans.
Many people that have witnessed this report the mothers cries for her baby are beyond heartbreaking and gut wrenching. Her baby is then usually sold off to become veil and she is destined to a life of torture – this cycle of rape and birth continues for a female cow throughout her young life, so that she can keep producing milk to be sold to humans – adult humans that don’t even need her milk anymore than we need our own mothers milk beyond infancy! But more on this later.
Dairy cows are used and abused in this way until their poor tortured and exhausted bodies can’t take anymore, at which point they are sent to slaughter to become a burger for 99p.
In terms of human health, cows milk is no more necessary for a human than dogs milk or rat milk. Humans are the only species to drink the milk of another species and to drink it past infancy.
Why cows milk? They are big and able to produce lots of milk in large quantities; they are also docile, trusting animals, easily coerced and manipulated into doing as we demand.
Cows milk could also be referred to as bovine growth formula, or baby calf growth fluid – “The purpose of cow’s milk is to turn a 65-pound calf into a 700-pound cow as rapidly as possible. Cow’s milk IS baby calf growth fluid.” Dr. Michael Klaper
It contains IGF growth hormones, which are perfect for cows but not for humans! There are links to carcinogenic factors and accelerated cancerous growth in humans. Aside from this it contains antibiotics given to the lactating mothers against the multitude of infections those poor animals are subjected to, as well as hormones, puss and blood residue. To find out more on these topics please check out Dr Klaper (link to article below) and The China Study.
The intense farming of cows for dairy across the world is one of the biggest contributors to the destruction of our environment – for the best further insight on this please watch Cowspiracy the movie.
So by giving up dairy you actually gain a lot, lot more: you refrain from contributing to the abuse of animals, you help towards easing the burden on our environment and you also make a better choice for your health. It’s a win, win, WIN!
So we’ve started with milk, next I’ll dedicate a post to cheese alternatives and replacements, of which there are many!
NationEarth.com (watch Earthlings documentary for free)