Considering that 75% of the world’s adult population is lactose intolerant, it’s not surprising that plant milk is the top-selling product in the entire plant-based food sector. But it’s not just about lactose intolerance – people choose plant milks over cow’s milk for a variety of reasons, whether it is for their nutritional value, animal welfare, lower environmental impact, to avoid dairy allergens, or simply out of personal preference. In this article, ProVeg South Africa outlines 5 reasons to try plant milk on World Plant Milk Day, 22 August.

 

There are a growing number of choices available to consumers when it comes to alternatives to dairy milk on supermarket shelves. However, with the exception of those who are lactose intolerant, to what extent should we embrace these alternatives and just how healthy are they?

 

Milk is marvelous. Its been around for over 10,000 years but only consumed on rare occasions. The first people to drink milk regularly were early farmers and pastoralists in western Europe. They were also some of the first humans to live with domesticated animals. Today, drinking milk is common practice across the globe.

 

For the past few years, regular stores started selling more and more types of milk. Nowadays, you can buy coconut milk, almond milk, reduced-fat milk, and many more in every store around the corner. When it comes to coffee, everybody’s taste is different. Some people will prefer sweet coffee, and others won’t drink anything with sugar. 

 
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Have you ever notice the dent in the side of a milk bottle wondered what purpose it serves? There are in fact two purposes of the dent that are very beneficial.

 

No use crying over spilled milk as it’s a thing of the past! The next time you try to pour milk, simply use this simple trick. Just pour milk from the other side of the carton. It not only helps in holding the carton more easily but also avoids milk sloshing.

 

Crock pots or slow cookers are so convenient but over time the crockery insert can develop a surface crack. When this happen, there’s an old-fashioned remedy to keep the crack from getting worse. Where glues fail, hot milk can fill a surface crack and create a bond that will last for a long time.

 

Beverages made from plants have been around for centuries. You will find a long history of plant milks and other plant drinks made by different cultures across the world and there is certainly nothing new or unusual when it comes to consuming them.

 

As sustainable ways of living are becoming increasingly normalised, milk drinkers are turning their backs on dairy in favour of plant-based alternatives.

 

World Milk Day has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the day recognize the importance of milk as a global food.