Cow’s milk or soya milk ? Goat’s milk or oat milk ? There’s no longer just one kind of milk but lots of them, each suited to different needs and with its own specific taste and texture. Plant milks are becoming so popular that you can now find them in almost any supermarket – even unusual varieties like hazelnut, coconut and spelt. But what are their health benefits ? And how do they differ from animal milk ?
Each milk brings its own benefits
A major source of calcium, cow’s milk in all its forms (yoghurt, cheese, butter etc.) is a favourite with young and old alike. The calcium in cow’s milk has good bioavailability, which is why pregnant women and elderly people are often advised to eat dairy products on a daily basis, to ensure they’re getting enough calcium. Animal milk is also a very good source of protein.
Plant milks are rapidly gaining in popularity. Light and easy to digest, some are even calcium-enriched. People with a lactose intolerance can rediscover the joys of drinking milk or of pouring it onto their morning cereal. They come in so many different flavours that they’re loved by both children and adults, and can be used in place of animal milk in all sorts of recipes. Of all the plant milks, soya comes top in terms of nutrition since it contains almost as much protein as animal milk – a real boon for those seeking to maintain a varied, balanced diet.
Cooking tip : Try out all the different plant milks, such as coconut and rice. Their distinctive flavours will make you want to start baking, or mixing them with other ingredients just to sample the result !