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Dairy Milk vs Plant-based Milk

2018-08-21 17:28 Tuesday


A recent news report about a baby who died from malnutrition after consuming plant milk, has raised public concerns about the nutritional value of plant-based milk. Those concerns are not entirely unfounded.

Dairy milk, which contains abundant protein, as well as calcium and vitamins A and B, is the natural first option for most consumers. Whereas plant-based milkn does not contain certain nutrients, such as W-3, EPA, and DHA, that are rich in dairy milk.

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However, the contents of dairy milk can be a double-edged sword. Dairy milk provides contains diverse nutritional properties, is abundant in calcium, and help to reinforce immunity for both infants and seniors, but may also lead to certain health problems, including lactose intolerance and osteoporosis.

'Plant-based milk' refers to non-dairy milks that are made from plants, and include almond milk, soy milk, rice milk and oat milk. ... Plant-based milks vary widely in their macronutrient (protein, carbohydrate and fat) composition, but also in terms of the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they contain.

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In certain countries, most notably India, cows are regarded as sacred animals, thereby increasing demand for plant-based milk.

Due to their enticing flavors and high nutritional value, plant-based milks have become increasingly prominent in recent years. The market value of plant-based milk products is projected to exceed $34 billion USD in 2024, rapid growth that has attracted the notice of dairy producers, keen to enter this burgeoning market.

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Danone has closed its factory in India, and acquired the largest plant-based food & beverage enterprise in North America, WhiteWave .

One of the largest dairy enterprises in New York, ElmhurstMilked, has converted to a plant-based milk producers, with a focus on developing peanut milk

A flurry of activity has followed, with major F&B enterprises, as well as financial institutions, intrigued by the promising plant-based milk sector. Notably, Goldman Sachs has made a substantial investment in Ripple Pea Milk, Starbucks has launched Vegetable & Oatmeal Milk, Li Ka-shing has invested in PerfectDay Vegetable Milk, and CapX has invested in CalifiaFarms Plant-based Milk.

Both dairy milk and plant-based milk possess unique advantages, and the process of choosing the best option should be based on individual nutrition demands.

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