The 22nd of August is World Plant Milk Day.
It is a day to encourage people to try plant-based milks and plant-based milk products. Some plant-milk manufacturers even issue today a “7 Day Dairy-Free Challenge” to people.
There are many different types of plant-based milks available now, including avocado, banana and pea.
Producers of plant-based milks claim, unsurprisingly, that their products are as good as or better than actual dairy in terms of nutrition and the environment. It’s not clear, however, that the evolving body of evidence from various ongoing research projects are supporting those marketing claims entirely.
It’s easy to use traditional plant-based milks such as coconut milk and soy milk in recipes that organically call for them; it’s harder to shoehorn them into Western recipes that expect actual dairy milk.
The term has traditionally been “non-dairy milks“, but marketers are trying to replace that term with “plant-based milks” to put a more positive spin on it.
Activities for today
- Buy a few different kinds of plant-based milks, and try them in your everyday eating this week to compare them to each other and to actual dairy;
- order your latte today with a plant-based milk in it;
- try cooking with a plant-based milk;
- try a plant-based milk cheese.
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World Plant Milk Day: Here are three reasons why people are switching to plant milk. Mumbai, India: Times of India. 25 August 2020. Accessed July 2021 at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/world-plant-milk-day-here-are-three-reasons-why-people-are-switching-to-plant-milk/articleshow/77693628.cms