Expert nutritionists explain the benefits of plant-based milks…
Nutritionist Cassandra Burns says: ‘Oat milk is naturally sweet and creamy, so is nice with cereals and porridge. It has significantly less protein than dairy or soya milks, however, it does contain beta glucans, a fibre which can help control cholesterol levels. Oat milk is not suitable for those with a gluten intolerance.’
‘Almond milk contains more protein than rice or oat milk so it’s a better choice if you want to lose weight,’ says nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville. ‘But do choose an unsweetened or organic variety.’
‘Flaxseed milk is a great option for vegans, as flaxseeds are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids,’ says Cassandra Burns. ‘Omega-3s are important for heart, brain, eye and skin health.’ Try OOOMEGA, £1.99, from Waitrose.
Coconut milks are now available in diluted form for drinking or use on cereals. Cassandra Burns says: ‘The “drinkable” coconut milk has low amounts of protein but, unlike other milks, it does contain beneficial “medium chain triglycerides” — fats that are a good source of energy and may help to support our immune system.’
‘Rice milk is a good choice if you are allergic to soya,’ says Dr Marilyn Glenville. ‘It also has a naturally sweet taste. As it comes from a grain it has a high carbohydrate content.’