Ditch dairy and try out plant-based milks. First of all, let me explain why you should stop drinking cow’s milk. Cow’s milk was not meant for consumption by humans. Yes, it is true that cow’s milk is a rich source of calcium and protein, which is essential for the development of healthy bones in children but why do we continue to drink it after infancy?

This milk leeches from the calcium in our bones as animal proteins produce acid when they are broken down and calcium is an acid neutralizer.

Not only does it leech calcium from our bones but it is filled with faeces, pus cells, antibiotics, bovine growth hormones and a lot of cholesterol. A single serving of milk contains up to 24mg of cholesterol which increases your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is needed to build healthy cells but high levels of cholesterol can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Several studies have also shown that there is a link between consumption of dairy products and the severity of acne.

Cows are injected with a form of bovine growth hormone to increase a cow’s milk production and is not filtered out through pasteurisation. A side effect of this hormone is an increase of the insulin growth factor 1 which potentially causes a growth response in humans when consumed. Research has shown that drinking milk regularly can lead to weight gain. Antibiotics that are given to cows to prevent diseases are passed directly into the milk These antibiotics can lead to health problems in humans such as digestive problems and weakening of the immune system.

These are only a few of the many reasons why you should try to avoid drinking cow’s milk but if you decide to stop, how will you replace it? With 65% of the adults worldwide being lactose intolerant, it is no surprise that there is an abundance of plant-based milks to choose from.

Almond milk – is naturally high in vitamin E which strengthens our immune system and keeps our skin healthy. You can pick up unsweetened or sweetened almond milk depending on what you are looking for in your milk. It has the one of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions but requires lots of water to be produced.

Oat milk – currently is one of the most popular plant-based milks out there. Not only is it good for the environment but it is good for you too! Its creamy consistency makes it perfect to drink with coffee or to use whilst cooking. Oat milk is rich in fibre and is often fortified with vitamins and minerals which helps to keep your skin and eyes healthy.

Soy Milk – has plenty of proteins full of all the essential amino acids which have been linked to lowering blood pressure. Soy beans are grown in massive quantities so require a lot of land to produce. Large parts of the Amazon rainforest have been burned to make space for soy farms. It is typically sweeter than other plant-based milks and if you are looking for a milk that tastes like dairy milk this is the milk for you!

Cashew Milk – most similar in taste to almond milk. They are both quite creamy in taste but watery in consistency. It uses a lot less water than almond milk and requires minimal land to grow. It contains potassium and magnesium which are two nutrients that may boost heart health and prevent heart disease.

In conclusion, plant-based milks are more environmentally friendly and sustainable than dairy milk. However, each comes with its pros and cons. Try out these plant-based milks to find your own personal favourite!

By Pooja Depala

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