Four reasons to drink plant milks this World Plant Milk Day

Posted on the 18th August 2021

There are many reasons to swap dairy for plant-based alternatives; here are just four.

1) It’s kinder to animals

Cows, goats and other animals suffer horrendously in the dairy industry. For example, dairy cows are impregnated, have their babies taken away from them, and when they are no longer ‘profitable’, they are sent to the slaughterhouse.

If a calf is female, she will suffer the same fate as her mother. Male claves are largely useless to the dairy industry; whereas some may be used for breeding, most of them are either killed on the farm at a day or two old or sent to be reared for veal – sometimes having to endure long journeys abroad.

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2) It’s better for the planet

Our planet is in a desperate state, and experts all agree that reducing our consumption of animal products – including dairy – is one of the best things an individual can do to help the planet. Dairy farming is also responsible for massive amounts of water pollution incidents. The slurry from dairy farms can leak into rivers and streams where it kills fish and spreads disease. In addition to this, when compared to dairy milk, all plant milks are better for the planet in terms of carbon footprint, water use and land use.

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3) It’s healthy
A plant-based diet can provide all of the nutrients you need to live a happy, healthy life.

[W]ell-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages. – British Dietetic Association.

[A]ppropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. – American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Therefore, there is no nutrient contained in dairy that cannot be obtained from vegan sources.

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4) It’s delicious

These days you can get dairy-free alternatives to all of your favourite foods, such as ice cream, cheese and cream. With a huge number of plant milks to choose from, going dairy-free certainly doesn’t mean going without.

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