Best Vegan Milk Substitute

Best Vegan Milk Substitute

We can read every about how the dairy industry treats it´s cows and how bad the process is of getting milk on the table. I am not just going to tell you not to use a product without giving you examples of things to use instead. My goal is to always have a substitute for you. In this article I am going to give you dairy free milk substitutes such as nut milks, soy, rice and oat. I also want to talk about why milk is bad for you and the consequences of using cow´s milk, not only for you but also for the animals involved.

Why Is Dairy Bad For You

Lets start from the beginning. When we are born we drink our mother´s milk as it has great health benefits to us. Since we are unable to really fight any diseases we might get our mother´s milk are filled with good vitamins and nutrients to help up do just that. When we reach a certain age we wean off milk.
Humans are the only species that never really does this, we only substitute our mother´s milk with that of an animal.
Don´t get me wrong there are healthy ingredients in milk such as different vitamins. It is also said to help the bones in your body get strong as it contains calcium. However recent studies have found that people who drink a lot of milk when they are young actually have an increased risk of hip fractures.
Figure that one out.


 

But why is cow´s milk bad for you? Milk contains lactose and you have probably heard of lactose intolerance, which basically is that you are allergic to the sugar that is found in dairy. The symptoms of this can be quite unpleasant and painful. With drinking milk you might also receive acne, eczema and cancer. Just to name a few.

Milk is not just bad for you, think about all the animals involved in the process of giving you that glass of milk. Some dairy farms are better than other. I have seen both parts. I am not drinking milk anymore.

So to answer the question “Is milk bad for you?” For me that answer is yes. To be drinking milk is very inconsiderate and selfish, especially when there are so many substitutes out there. All the nutrients and vitamins that can be found in milk can be found in other products that is less harmful to you, the environment and to the animals involved


Vegan Milk Substitute

There are tons of dairy free milk substitutes out there.

You can find soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk and oat milk in pretty much any grocery store.
There are other lovely dairy free alternatives such as hazelnut milk, macadamia nut milk, cashew, quinoa and hemp milk.

I am a big nut milk fan so I use, for the most part,
Almond milk and when I can find it Hazelnut milk.

Benefits of Almond milk are not only a few, there are several. It contains a lot of good vitamins and a lot of fewer sugars than do cows milk and if you go with the unsweetened version it will not raise your blood sugar levels.

The most important benefit however is that no animals have been harmed in the process.

 

Soy Milk VS Almond Milk

Soy and almond milk seems to be the top two contenders for milk substitutes for people so let’s take a closer look at these two.

Just as with cow’s milk, nut milk such as almond milk or soy milk might cause allergies. If you are allergic to nuts I would suggest you steering clear of the nut milk and perhaps trying rice milk, oat milk or soy milk.

Soy milk does contain more calories than almond milk but it also has some great benefits, it also contains more protein than other milk alternatives. If you have issues with your thyroid you might want to go with something other than soy. Soy is a common allergen for both children and adults also, most of the soy comes from genetically modified plants, not all but a lot, this might not be the best choice if you are looking for a substitute. Soy production has also been a major factor in deforestation. So if you care about the environment perhaps try to minimize your soy milk use.

For me the almond milk is a winner in this.



Are there any almond milk dangers to be aware of?

 


Some Almond milks will contain added ingredients so be sure to check the back before you purchase.

Almond milk is made out of nuts and water. If you are allergic to nuts, as I said before. Do not go with this. When purchasing almond milk try to choose the unsweetened version. Sugar is never good for you and companies will sometimes add sugar into the milk to make it taste better and I believe to create an addiction. If you have added sugar in your almond milk this can affect your blood sugar levels. Most of the “dangers” that would be in relation to almond milk is if you are allergic.
If allergic to almonds you will experience the symptoms connected to nut allergy when consuming Almond milk.

My Top Three

I do not consume a lot of milk, when I do it usually goes in my morning coffeé. My to go to milk is Almond milk. I love it and when made the right way it is delicious. I am not going to lie, some of the milk substitutes can get a bit chunky, especially when you try to mix it with hot coffee. This can happen because the brand you are purchasing might be on the cheaper side or you might be mixing it wrong. I will get back to how to mix your milk with coffee shortly.

When I purchase almond milk it is usually from the brand Alpro, So good, Almond Breeze or Califia.
All you can find in the long life milk section except for Califia which is usually right there, next to your regular cow’s milk in the fridge.

I recently purchased Macadamia nut milk and it is absolutely wonderful. This is probably one of the few nut milks I will just drink out of a glass because I get a craving for it. This product is made by Suncoast Gold.

My absolute favorite out of them all is Hazelnut milk. I have noticed that it is a bit tricky to find in Australia but whenever I do I stock pile it because it is freaking delicious. I would usually purchase this from Alpro but I grab it whenever I can find it, not really paining attention to the brand.

If you are not really into any of these milks then try oat milk. It is a very good substitute if none of these are suitible. 

How to make the perfect coffee with vegan milk.

In my household we use instant coffee the most. What I do is that I heat up some milk in a regular cup in the microwave. While that is heating up I add a teaspoon of coffee into my regular cup. I then add just a small amount of milk so that I can blend the coffee with the milk without burning the actually coffee. I own a small coffee mixer, or milk frother if you don’t mind. I use this to froth up the warm milk. I then add the hot water into the cup stirring or using the milk frother. I then add a little of the warm milk and mix it through with the mixer and then I just add the rest of the milk on top.

Most often than not this way is a success.

Conclusion

There are some great alternatives for milk out there. There is no excuse not to change from cow’s milk. Why cause suffering and harm to another life when it can be so easily avoided. Everything takes time and it does take time to get used to changes. This is because humans do not really like change. We want to stick to what we know and we can be really stubborn about it. After making the change from cow’s milk the inflammation in my joints have gone down, my skin is almost always perfect and I rarely feel bloated or gassy as you can do after having coffee. I challenge you to give it a try. It is after all #februdairy.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you.

This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. This is a really interesting article. I have seen the substitutes for dairy and have always wondered about them. I do have a question as far as using dairy in desserts. Are there any substitutes for when you need something like heavy whipping cream? So far I have looked and haven’t found anything of that nature, but if you know of something, I’d greatly appreciate you sharing! Thanks!

    1. Hi Steve, Yes there is. There are soy alternatives to cream. The work in the exact same way as regular cream if this isn’t right for you try to whip coconut cream. You can read about how to do that right here.
      https://mycrueltyfreeproducts….

  2. Oh my God, well from a vegan to another I can only say I love your site and ervything about it. I have been a Vegan for a while now and have never felt better and I love your article and it is so so true. We need more people like yourself to spread the word s and make people aware that there is a life without meat and it is a much better one. Thank you

    1. Thank you so much. People need to know that there are alternatives and that they are not that bad. We have been programmed to eat animal products, not by our bodies, but by society. Changing the habit will take time but as long as people know that there are other ways I believe it is a bright future a head. 

      Thank you so much.

  3. I really enjoyed this article. It is well written and helpful because the author doesn’t just preach to you, she gives you alternatives. I have to confess though, I LOVE milk. I drink as much milk as water I think. I love milk with pizza, steak, pasta  – any meal you can think of…..But I also know that what this author is saying is true. It’s awful how these animals are treated and when you consume milk you are participating in the suffering of another creature. And recent studies suggest that cow’s milk probably isn’t as good for you as I was told growing up in grade school in the 80’s. This article is going to make me enjoy that next glass of milk a little less – and that’s probably a good thing.

    1. Thank you. I used to love milk but a few years down the line now, tasting milk, I really do not enjoy it at all. It is always a start when you start thinking about where your product comes from and what it takes for it to be on the table. Thank you for reading.

  4. Thanks for your post on vegan milk options. I’ve always wanted to try being a Vegan and start out by changing my dairy intake. The problem I’ve always had is the texture of these Vegan Milk Substitutes. Is there a top recommended product that you think has the least amount of silky type of texture? Thank you in advance. 

    1. I think that with dairy free alternatives it comes down to taste a lot. When I switched from regular milk to dairy free I started with almond, I did not like it at first, so I tried soy, did not like it, I tried hazelnut and absolutely loved it. It will be a process of trial and error to start with until you find the milk that you enjoy.

  5. Thanks Alexandra, I enjoyed reading your post. I love milk, I am not lactose intolerant and I have never drank any other milk other than cow milk. Reading your post, I would like to try each and everyone of these nut milks. I particularly like almonds in nuts. I look forward to know what it tastes like in milk. 

    1. I due hope you try. There are great alternatives to milk, all you need to do is try 🙂

  6. I do love alternative milks, especially almond milk and oat milk but I don’t actually no how they are made? 

    I still drink milk but only organic milk as I am not quite weaned of it as yet. I’ve found that oat milk tastes very creamy and much nicer in cereals.

    I don’t like the taste of hemp milk I must say.

    One thing I wanted to ask you though was that you say the milk process is cruel to animals.

    What exeoreinces of this hsvevyoh had to make you say this as you never actually said why? 

    1. Nut milks are nuts soaked and blended with water, pretty much. 

      I have worked on a dairy farm and I have seen both good farms and bad farms. However both sides pretty much have the same process. The cow needs to be pregnant or just have had a baby to produce milk. I have seen cows bleeding out of there vaginas due to being impregnated, falling over whilst being impregnated etc due to the pain of it. It is like any mother, they create a bond with their baby when they are carrying it, all their instincts tell them to look after their baby and care for it, imagine that the baby gets stolen, put in either a pen or gets slaughtered. Never to see its mother again. I can write a whole article about working at the dairy farm. The farm I was at was very clean, well looked after animals but that does not change the basics of the dairy industry.

  7. I’ve personally had rice milk and I definitely enjoy drinking the rice dream brand. I have heard that the human body is not designed to take in milk after we grow up into adulthood.

    My cousin recently became lactose intolerant. Is that common amongst a lot of adults who consume too much milk even into adulthood? 

    1. Some people can handle the allergen that is found in milk but some of us can’t. It is basically like having any other allergy. I am not sure if drinking to much milk will affect you and cause allergy, however research has shown that to much milk is not good either way. Every thing in moderation. 

  8. I am lactose intolerance, I do not drink milk but I always give in when it comes to Mac and Cheese or a cheese cake (I pay for the price every time I eat it too but still do it lol). I love soy milk and almond milk. However, when it comes to soy milk I am picky about it. There was an article that I read while back saying that there is a lot of chemicals in soy products so I try to avoid it as much as I can. I do enjoy almond milk a lot, I always get it at Trader Joe’s unsweetened vanilla almond mile. It is so good I have it every morning with my smoothies 🙂 

    1. I have a friend who is allergic to actual milk and she always uses soy or almond as well. I am the same, I do not like to much soy as it is a big environmental thief, If I can put it that way. I love Almond milk with vanilla, it is so yummy, I usually dip chocolate cookies into it as well. 

  9. Wow. I never knew that too much in take of cow milk could be harmful to the body. I grew up thinking that cow milk has only benefits, that not taking enough is even a danger to one’s health. Hip fractures right. So how would one know if he’s taking too much of milk or is Goat milk preferable? 

    1. All milk comes with a price and that is the price of the lives of the animals involved in the process of making the milk. They are forced to give us milk, if we are forced to anything we could pretty much report that. I would suggest trying not to use any animal milk and instead slowly switching to alternatives.

  10. Hi Alexandra, thanks for your review on Best Vegan milk substitute. I just started hearing about how bad cow milk is for human’s consumption. In one of the review I read, it said that too much consumption leads to high development of cancer. It is interesting to know that too much consumption of milk while young leads to increase risk of hip fractures.Thanks for mentioning the substitute for diary milk like rice milk, soy milk, almond etc. Your article has totally removed my doubt about diary milk being dangerous to our health.

    1. Everything in moderation. The underline cause of not drinking milk is the animals getting horribly treated in the process of milk. Too much of anything can of course have a negative impact on our bodies however, why cause harm to others when there is no need.

  11. It never occur to me till now that I need to substitute the cow milk I drink to another milk 

    because of the health benefit. I like this article.it is nice 

    trying out this milk you mentioned one after the other what am going to do

    And choose the favorite milk out of soy milk, almond milk,vegan milk.

    1. Do try, they all have a different taste and you might like some and not the others but yes, please give it a go.

  12. Hi Alexandra,

    This is a great article with all the necessary information about the best vegan milk substitutes. I have not heard it before about this substitutes. After reading your article I understood that there are some harmful effects for using regular cow’s milk which is collected through some cruelty process. I drank it much in my childhood and sometimes I felt some allergy problem. So I think your tips are very much true for all people. I am going to share it with my family members. We already use vegan milk substitutes for our children. Thanks for sharing this helpful information.

    1. Thank you for reading. Yes, the process of milk can be quite horrible. That makes me very happy to hear. What kind of milk are you currently using?

  13. Dear Alexandra, thanks for providing us other alternatives to cow milk. Though i dont agree that because cows are sometimes treated badly we should stay away from cow milk. I think what should be done is to put in place regulations that safeguard the animals, Let us not forget that dairy farming  is a source of income for other people and this would be bad for them.I would try out the alternatives too but if i dont find tolerable, cow milk it is. I think ways in which the animals are properly milked should be put in place, what do you think?

    1. I think that if the cows had to choose between getting milked for human consumption, being forcibly impregnated and getting their babies stolen and slaughtered they probably would not choose to go into the dairy. If we would apply the same methods to humans it would be called, rape, kidnapping and murder.

      1. Ever since the dawn of time, animals have been reared to provide something back for humans. If we dont get something back from them so what is their usefulness. The same is also done to fowls so because of that we should stop eating eggs too?0

        1. I do not believe animals are here FOR US, they are here just as any one else. Without any ram or reason we are all here. Justifying cruelty because of how things were interpreted thousands of years ago does not bring any logic. Just because something is legal does not mean it is right. What is the use of humans? We kill everything around us, torture not only animals but our own species, we slow but steady destroy our planet. What is the use of us? Chickens have been bred to lay one egg a day. They are literally giving birth once a day. The industry involved with eggs is horrific, some chickens do never get to see daylight, walk on grass or stretch their wings. All because of us, believing that we are entitled.

  14. Hey,

    Thanks for sharing this excellent content with us . Cow’s milk is  naturally an excellent source of calcium . It has vitamin D and it has potassium and it is a complete protein source as well .It is great for vegans with soy allergies since it’s soy free . It is super easy to make your own while it packs a decent punch . And soy milk is packed with protein seven grams per cup , Soy milk is  great when you need some extra creaminess in lattes . 

    1. It is a really good substitute, just make sure to read where your soy milk comes from as it does contribute to deforestation. The vitamins found in cow’s milk can be found in a lot of other products. 

  15. After reading your article I can understand why drinking vegan milk instead of regular milk, my wife and I started drinking vanilla almond milk for several months until we found out that it was bad for our health because of the sugar and the other ingredients that contains since plain almond milk it doesn’t have a great taste  Do you have any recommendation to try again with plain almond milk and started to like it?.

    Thank you for this information about vegan milks.

    1. Added sugar is never good and that will be bad for your health. The first milk substitute I started with was Hazelnut milk, I absolutely love it, especially  in coffee. If you do like your milk a bit sweeter then try the soy milk as that is usually a bit sweeter to the taste.

  16. Thank you for the detailed information. Personally i am not lactose intolerant but due to the health benefits of vegan milks, i have been using them in my smoothies for the past few years. I usually either use Almond Milk or Coconut milk. I love coconut mil, it is my preferred type especially that i use milk mostly for smoothies. Even my kids have replaces their milk with coconut or almond milk.

    1. It makes me really happy to hear. I love coconut smoothies. I usually make a pina colada morning smoothie ( non alcoholic of course)

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