August 22nd

World

PLANT MILK DAY.

Plant-based milk is better for animals, for the planet and for you!

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Better for the Planet

Animal agriculture is one of the leading drivers of climate change, producing more greenhouse gases than all of the world's transport combined. Switching from dairy to plant-based milk is one of the ways we can significantly reduce our impact on the planet.

We only have one Earth. We need to take care of it.

The dairy industry separates calves from their mothers.

Better for Animals

Dairy cows undergo forced insemination, repeated pregnancies and constant milking, which puts incredible strain on their bodies. This results in illness, infections and an early death at four or five when they would naturally live into their 20s.

Even worse, their babies taken away, often within hours of birth, so the milk can be sold for human consumption. Male calves are either shot soon after birth, or reared on milk substitutes to be killed for veal or beef.

Choosing plant based milks means you help end the suffering of millions of cows and their calves each year.

Read more about the ethics of the dairy industry here

Better for You

Research is increasingly showing that a whole food, plant-based diet, including plant milks, is beneficial to our health and helps to prevent and even reverse disease. This debunks the myth that humans need cows' milk to be healthy. In fact, cows' milk is linked to a host of health conditions and does not offer any nutrients that cannot be found in a healthier form in other foods.

More and more people are making the switch! Consumers are reaping the rewards of the multiple nutritional benefits of plant-based milks.

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Bones

The dairy industry has long promoted the idea that milk is essential for strong bones. However, studies have shown that contrary to this belief, dairy consumption might actually contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Dairy is far from our only source of calcium. It is abundant in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. The best sources are leafy green vegetables like kale and broccoli.

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Lactose Intolerance

Humans are not designed to consume cows' milk, which has been created by nature as a powerful growth food to help turn a small calf into a huge cow. The inability to digest the sugar, or lactose, in milk is very common in some parts of the world. It occurs in around 90-100 per cent of Asians, 65-70 per cent of Africans, and 10 per cent of Caucasians. Symptoms can include nausea, cramps, bloating, wind, and diarrhoea. 

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Bad Skin

Numerous studies point to dairy products as being responsible for a plethora of skin problems, including acne. Almost 90 per cent of adolescents in the western world experience some degree of acne. Some research suggests there is a direct correlation between the amount of dairy products consumed and the severity of acne.

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Why not make your own plant based milk?

Making your own plant based milk is easy!

Make your own almond milk

Soak some almonds overnight, then drain and rinse. Combine the almonds with water (ratio of 1/2) in a blender, and blend at high speed for two minutes. Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth, and sweeten to taste with agave syrup (if required).

Make your own oat milk

Combine a ratio of 1/3 oats and water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth. Sweeten to taste with maple or agave syrup if required.

Make your own rice milk

Soak rice overnight (or longer). Drain (but don't rinse) and add to a blender with water in a ratio of 1/4 rice to milk. Add sweetener and vanilla extract, and blend until smooth before straining.

Make your own hemp milk

Place hemp seeds and water (in a ratio of 1/8) in a blender and blitz for around two minutes. Remove from blender and strain until smooth.

Where can you buy Plant-based Milks? 

The global plant-based meat market is projected to reach $5 billion by 2020

(UK & USA) Oatly >

Oatly was founded back in the 1990s and is based on Swedish research from Lund University. 

(Worldwide) Alpro >

Alpro is a 30 year old company with a vision; a vision of a world where more of what we eat comes directly from plants – planet friendly, sustainable and healthy. 

(UK & USA) Silk >

Silk (brand) Silk is a brand of dairy-substitute products (including soy milk, soy yogurt, almond milk, almond yogurt, Cashew milk, coconut milk, and other dairy-alternative products) owned by DanoneWave.

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