#RadicALL: The Cereal Lovers Guide to Plant Based Milk Alternatives Giving Dairy Cows a Break


There you are, reaching for your favorite bowl of coco-something when you smell the funk - that dairy milk you bought a few weeks ago has spoiled.

What’s a poor hungry eater to do?

It turns out, you’re not the only one wondering what to do about milk - according to VegNews, sales plummeted $1.1 Billion lost year.

So what’s a cereal lover to do?

Food Tribe has you covered with some alternatives.

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The #RadicALL Cereal Lovers Guide: Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Giving Dairy Cows a Break

The Milk Industry lost $1.1 Billion last year. Keep reading to learn more about plant-based milk alternatives.

In 2017, sales of dairy products amounted to $14.7 billion and dropped by eight percent to $13.6 billion in 2018.

In addition to low milk prices, the dairy industry losses are affected by a consumer shift toward plant-based alternatives.

So much so that dairy lobbyists recently revived efforts to ban marketable terminology such as “milk” and “cheese”—even with qualifiers such as “dairy-free”—from being used on plant-based products in an effort to thwart competition.

Here are some of the types cereal lovers are choosing - and are keeping the milk industry up at night about.

Oat Milk

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Photo: Who Needs a Salad

Oat milk is a nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative made from strained oats. (Yep, the same kind you’ve been eating for breakfast.) How do oats become milk, you ask? The process is actually quite simple—and very DIY-able. Soak steel-cut or old-fashioned oats in water, blend until smooth, strain out the remaining solids, and drink up! You can keep the homemade stuff in the fridge for up to four days.

Thanks to Greatist for providing this great definition!

Almond Milk

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Photo: Dextonista

Almond milk is a plant milk manufactured from almonds with a creamy texture and nutty flavor, although some types or brands are flavored in imitation of dairy milk.

It’s hard to choose ONE brand to call the very best. We recommend finding almond milks with as few extra ingredients as possible!

Try to find an almond milk without carrageenan, sugars or sweeteners, Corn Starch, Rice Starch, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Soy Lecithin (Sunflower Lecithin is ok!) or Sulfites (sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, potassium metabisulfite).

Pea Milk

Photo: Ripple

Photo: Ripple

The biggest player in the pea milk market is a company called Ripple Foods, which has obtained $44 million from Google and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, according to Bloomberg. To make the beverage, they take yellow peas, and blend it with water, sunflower oil, and in the sweetened versions, organic cane sugar.

Compared to cow’s milk, it has the same amount of protein, 50 percent more calcium and the original version has half as much sugar. It’s high in potassium, and provides a good source of omega-3s, vitamin D and iron. Also, it’s dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free (though it’s made in facilities that do process almonds). Not to mention—peas have a small environmental footprint.

Soy Milk

Photo: Z Living

Photo: Z Living

Soymilk is a fat-free milk substitute extracted from the soybean, which is a legume (also known as a member of the pea family). Soymilk, as well as other soy products, are traditional staples of Asian cuisine. Soy products may replace meat and non-vegetarian dishes given its high protein content, making them popular with those following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Soymilk is also a good source of protein for those who are lactose intolerant.

Thanks for checking out our list of milk alternatives. As vegan products rise in popularity, we’ll continue to bring you stories designed to help keep you informed.

Terence Latimer