Are plant-based milks really that good for you?

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Brenda Braslow
Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Why have plant-based milks become so popular? Learn some tips to optimize your milk choice and find out the pros and cons of some of the plant-based milks out there.

Are plant-based milks really that good for you?

Do you find yourself staring at the grocery "dairy" case, amazed at the ever-expanding plant-based, non-dairy options crowding out the cow's milk? According to data from the USDA, Americans are drinking about 37% less cow's milk today than they did in 1970. Yogurt and cheese sales are thriving so you can't really say it is all about people wanting to decrease animal food intake.

Why have non-dairy, plant-based milks become so popular?

There are several reasons for the change in consumer demand.

Not all milks are the same nutritionally

Here are some tips to help you make your choice:

Pros and cons of plant-based milks on the market

Bottom Line

Be smart and don't just grab a plant-based milk simply because it's trendy or showcased in the grocery. Plant-based milks vary in calories, fat content and the amount of sweetener added. Do a little homework reading the nutrition facts label to see what might fit your unique nutritional needs. If you like cow's milk, stick with it! You can always get your plant nutrition directly from the veggies, fruits, and grains!

Originally published on 19 July 2017
Updated: September 23, 2019

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