If you’ve walked into a grocery store or coffee shop recently, you’ve probably noticed that the choices of kinds of milk have really exploded in the last few years. If you’ve spent your whole life drinking cow’s milk, you might be asking, why the sudden change? When did we start making milk out of so many different things? And why?
There are many benefits to drinking dairy alternative milk. From nutritional benefits to larger environmental benefits. And now there are so many options to live a dairy-free lifestyle that there is really no reason not to! In a world where both global and individual health are more important than ever, we’re here to break down why dairy free milk alternatives are right for you. We’ll also present some of the best dairy alternatives, including Coconathi’s line of coconut products, so you can make the best choice for yourself and your family.
Nutrition and Health Benefits
If you’ve ever found yourself bloated, gassy, or dealing with other digestive issues after consuming dairy, you know the toll that lactose can take on your body.
Millions of people are lactose-intolerant, meaning they are unable to digest the particular sugar in milk. However, you don’t have to be lactose-intolerant to benefit from switching to dairy free alternatives.
Dairy-alternative milk tends to have fewer calories and less fat than cow’s milk. Coconut milk, like Coconathi, is loaded with health benefits. For instance, coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides (or MCTs) which researchers have linked with weight loss. Coconuts also have other great health benefits: They can help to boost the immune system, which can help ward off diseases and keep your body feeling great. At the same time, they also increase good cholesterol, leading to improved heart health.
Making the switch to non dairy milk alternatives can also have a major impact on the environment. In a study done by the University of Oxford, more than 10,000 farms around the world were surveyed to compare production of cow, almond, coconut, and soy milks. This study found that, on average, it takes nine times the amount of land to produce a liter of cow’s milk than it does for non-dairy alternatives. Because non-dairy milks use far less land than cow’s milk, they also require much less water and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions. However, it is important to note that not all dairy alternative milks are created equal.
While almond milk has one of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions, it requires a significant amount of water to produce and often requires pesticide use. Coconut milk is a great eco-friendly option, as it requires relatively little water to produce. Coconut trees can be grown without extensive deforestation and they help filter out carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making Coconathi a great choice for the environment.
One of the biggest concerns people have about non-dairy milk alternatives is the cost. Non-dairy milk can cost up to double what you might pay for cow’s milk, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it (and that there aren’t budget-friendly options). As the market of non-dairy milk alternatives grows bigger and bigger, competition between the types of milk has increased. Recently, as newer varieties, such as oat milk, have grown in popularity, varieties such as almond and soy milk have decreased in price.
Many non-dairy milks are also shelf-stable. This means that when you purchase a dairy alternative milk it is much less likely to go bad. Thus you are less likely to waste your money than if you were to buy cow’s milk (which can turn bad in less than a week even when unopened). Coconathi is especially cost-effective and is meant to suit any South-African household. It is affordable enough to consume on a regular basis while being sustainable, nutritious, and delicious!
How to Make the Best Choice
With all of the milk varieties out there, it can be tough to decide what is best for you and your family. There are many factors that we’ve already discussed, from health benefits to environmental factors to cost.
Almond milk has a plethora of health benefits but as we’ve discussed, it can require a lot of water to produce.
Rice milk has a similar environmental impact but also frequently undergoes genetic modifications that many countries have deemed unsafe.
Hemp milk is a great alternative, as it is very environmentally-friendly.
Oat milk is another eco-friendly alternative, and is generally fortified with vitamins to make it healthier to drink.
Soy milk is another very popular and healthy alternative, but requires large areas of land and sometimes pesticides.
Coconut milk is a great alternative for both health and environmental benefits (and our personal favourite).
Of course, we haven’t even mentioned one very important factor: taste. Every dairy alternative milk has a different taste and texture. You might find that you prefer one over the other or you might find that you prefer to make your own. At Coconathi, we offer a whole line of flavours that your family will love, from the original Coconut Milk, our Smooth and Creamy coconut milk (deflavoured to reduce the taste of coconut) to Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. Finally we have Golden Milk, our proprietory blend of healthy spices (including Turmeric and Anise)!
The Ultimate Dairy Alternative Lifestyle
Ultimately, the perfect dairy alternative milk for you and your family is going to be the one that you want to drink again. The dairy-free milk alternative will make you feel great about what you’re doing for your health, the environment, your wallet, and your tastebuds all at once!
Contact us for more information about our Coconathi coconut products that you and your family will love!