5 Plant-Based Milks and their Health Benefits

Dairy, it seems, is fast becoming a drink of the past. Whilst many have given ‘Veganuary’, (a month aimed to inspire and support people to try out veganism) a go, dairy-free milk sales are on the rise. Instead of consuming cow’s milk with their cereals, the world is enjoying these natural plant-based alternatives. There are many reasons why people may be partial to these delicious concoctions; not only are they animal and environmentally friendly, but they’re also host to a wide range of health benefits that should certainly be explored. Read on for our 5 Plant-Based Milks and their Health Benefits!

1. Oat Milk Reduces The Risk Of Heart Attack
If you love porridge and all things oaty, this may be the milk for you. Oats contain a powerful soluble fibre named Beta-glucan, which has the ability to reduce low density lipoproteins (LDL).High levels of LDLs lead to a build-up of cholesterol in your arteries that, when combined with fat, calcium and other substances, can cause atherosclerosis where plaque builds in the arteries and can lead to heart attacks.

2. Cashew Milk Keeps Blood Sugar Levels Stable
These creamy morsels are not only delicious as a nut butter, they also make a smooth milk. Cashews contain the monounsaturated fat, oleic acid, which has the capability to increase insulin sensitivity, helping to effectively stabilise your blood sugar levels.

3. Hazelnut Milk Helps Reduce Inflammation
The delicately flavoured hazelnut provides for a more luxury milk. It possesses monounsaturated fats combined with polyunsaturated fats, which are fats of the ‘healthy’ kind providing anti-inflammatory effects. Antioxidant vitamin E also protects your body from the effects of harmful free radicals and has been shown to reduce inflammation.

4. Coconut Milk Acts As A Superfuel
This tropical delight is a rich source of medium chain triglycerides (MCT), a type of fat. MCT’s are broken down quickly and can used as a source of energy to power your brain and body.

5. Rice Milk Protects The Nervous System
Rice milk is somewhat of an underdog in the milk world. Whilst the other dairy free alternatives catch a lot of the limelight, this subtly tasting milk is only now becoming more popular. Rice milk contains Thiamine, (Vitamin B1) which helps your nervous system work efficiently.

Whether you’re a long-time vegan and want to try a new plant-based milk or just fancy giving one of these delicious beverages a go, pick from this list with confidence and enjoy! You can add them to tea, to smoothies or just drink them ‘neat’ on their own. Be sure to get the unsweetened versions to fully maximise your health benefits. Already drinking PB alternatives, which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (In the mood to champion Vegan power with a capital ‘V’ on your chest? Then, these plant-powered articles are just for you – to help you Keep YOUR Fit ON!)

Anna Redmayne-Porter

Anna is currently finishing her BSc in Nutrition, which is where her passion for health and food comes from. Being a long-term vegetarian, she likes to experiment with plant-based cooking. She plans to enter the world of food development after graduating. She also has a great love of animals. You can also find her on Instagram @be_free_with_anna

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