Now we’ve all obtained used to the concept of splashing oat, almond or soya milk on our breakfast cereal, a brand new set of different milks arrives to confuse us. Potato milk, anybody? How about camel?
The marketplace for various milks reveals no signal of peaking. Main model Oatly estimates that nearly a 3rd of British households now purchase a dairy-free ‘milk’, and figures out final month present the UK marketplace for non-soya-based plant milks has risen by 130 per cent in 5 years.
Some new merchandise have improved inexperienced credentials over established plant favourites equivalent to soya and almond: soy manufacturing has led to huge areas of the Amazon rainforest being cleared, and it takes 6,000 litres of water to provide one litre of almond milk in drought-prone California (by no means thoughts the air miles to get it right here).
Rachel Carlyle offers verdict on a collection of the newest various milks obtainable within the UK – together with Dug Unique Potato Dairy Free (pictured)
Potato milk requires 56 occasions much less water than almond milk and makes use of half the land required for oat milk. And the carbon footprint of home-grown crops equivalent to hemp may be very low.
Thoughts you, Fiona Hunter, from diet consultancy Hunter Kellow, factors out that cows’ milk is 7p per 100ml, whereas most plant milks are 20p per 100ml — virtually thrice the value.
And only a few have all of the nutritional vitamins and minerals of cows’ milk. ‘Cows’ milk is a nutritionally full product,’ says dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker.
However if you wish to attempt a brand new milk, which to decide on? Right here, we take a look at some choices…
Dug Unique Potato Dairy Free, £13.50 for six x 1l, amazon.co.uk
The thought that you simply’re by some means ingesting mashed potato is an odd one, however really this can be a patented emulsion of potatoes and rapeseed oil, says developer Professor Eva Tornberg, at Lund College in Sweden.
It doesn’t style of potato — in truth, it doesn’t style of a lot in any respect, which is why my tea-drinking household liked it.
It has a creamy texture with no sturdy aftertaste, and the barista model made a creditable flat white.
Nutritionally it’s fairly sound, as potato protein is of course nutritious, and it’s fortified with many nutritional vitamins and minerals naturally present in cows’ milk — however no iodine or potassium.
‘It has calcium, vitamin D, B12, the B vitamin riboflavin and folic acid — which is fascinating, as cows’ milk just isn’t a fantastic supply of folic acid. I’d have preferred to see iodine on the components listing, although,’ says Fiona Hunter. An enormous plus level for potato ‘milk’ is sustainability: the makers declare it has the bottom carbon footprint of any plant milk at 0.27kg of CO2 per litre (for dairy milk within the UK the determine is 1.25kg).
Eco factors: 4/5
Camelicious Lengthy Life Entire Camel Milk, £3.05 for 235ml, asda.com
Rachel stated Camelicious Lengthy Life Entire Camel Milk (pictured) is intensely creamy with a really slight aftertaste
The considered ingesting camels’ milk made me really feel squeamish, although desert nomads have been ingesting it for hundreds of years. Fortunately, it doesn’t scent or style ‘camelly’: it’s intensely creamy with a really slight aftertaste.
It’s decrease in saturated fats than full-fat cows’ milk (1.7g vs 2.4g) and claims to include extra vitamin C, B nutritional vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium. It additionally has much less lactose than cows’ milk, making it simpler to digest (however as you should buy lactose-free cows’ milk it’s probably not a powerful promoting level, says Fiona).
Nonetheless, it incorporates stabilisers, emulsifiers and acidity regulators and has a reasonably hefty carbon footprint, because it’s imported from Austria. However the largest detrimental is the associated fee: £1.30 per 100ml (cows’ milk is 7p per 100ml).
Eco factors: 2/5
SPLASH OF HEMP
Good Hemp Seed M*lk, £1.50 for 1l, sainsburys.co.uk
Rachel stated Good Hemp Seed M*lk (pictured) has a powerful vegetable style, nonetheless it’s a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids
That is superbly white and a great supply of omega-3 fatty acids — useful for vegans who don’t eat oily fish. It additionally has no added sugar, and isn’t candy. Nonetheless, it does have a powerful vegetable style. Finest outcomes had been with muesli relatively than in drinks.
There aren’t any added nutritional vitamins, minerals or calcium and it’s very low in protein at 0.1g per 100ml.
‘You do get vitamins from the hemp seeds however they solely make up 4 per cent of the components,’ Dr Schenker factors out.
Eco factors: 4/5
Impolite Well being Tiger Nut Drink, £2.24 for 1l, hollandand barrett.com
Rachel stated Impolite Well being Tiger Nut Drink (pictured) has a pleasing sweetness, nevertheless it’s too creamy for tea and occasional for her style
Individuals in Valencia, Spain, have been soaking then grinding tiger nuts (really wrinkly tubers) to create ‘milk’ for hundreds of years: horchata de chufa is commonly served over ice.
That tiger nuts develop underground could also be why this ‘milk’ has barely earthy undertones. It has a pleasing sweetness, though it’s too creamy for tea and occasional for my style. There are solely 4 components (water, rice, tiger nuts, salt) so it isn’t fortified and isn’t a great match for cows’ milk if that’s your essential supply of calcium, says Dr Schenker, who provides: ‘Solely 6 per cent of it’s tiger nuts, so it’s extra of a rice milk, actually.’
Eco factors: 2/5
PEAS TO PLEASE
Mighty Pea M.lk, £2 for 1l, ocado.com
Rachel stated Mighty Pea M.lk (pictured) is creamy and almondy, with a lingering flavour of Werther’s Originals
No, not the backyard inexperienced selection, however yellow break up peas. It has an alarmingly brown color, like leftover milk after a bowl of Coco Pops. It’s creamy and almondy, with a lingering flavour of Werther’s Originals.
For me, it was too sturdy and candy to pair with tea or espresso, though it was the one plant milk my teenage son would have on his Shreddies, and it was tasty with granola.
‘It’s fortified with iodine, vitamin D, B12 and calcium, and has a great protein profile,’ says Fiona. It does have added sugar, although (2g per 100ml) within the type of grape juice focus.
Eco factors: 4/5