Plant milk or cow’s milk, which is better for your health?

Verified on 28/02/2023 by Alexane Flament, Editor
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More and more people are turning to plant milk as a replacement for normal milk.

This trend is spreading to the younger generations, who prefer plant-based versions such as almond, soya or oat milk!

Is it really a good idea? Which is healthier? We take stock!

Is plant milk really better for your health?

 » The nutritional profile of plant milks can vary considerably, depending on their composition, different brands and whether they have been fortified (i.e. vitamins and minerals have been added) or not. Many plant milks contain less saturated fat and more phytochemicals (i.e. beneficial plant-based chemicals) than cow’s milk, but less protein, vitamins and minerals, » explains a nutritionist.

However, it’s important to remember that « milk is a rich source of nutrients and a range of vitamins and minerals such as B2, B5, B12, iodine, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. If you’re thinking of trying a dairy-free diet, seek advice from a dietician to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, » adds the specialist.

According to the nutritionist, it’s best to opt for the milk that’s best for us, without worrying about the eating habits of others.

The best plant milk for your health

While it’s difficult to compare plant milk with cow’s milk, it is possible to compare different plant milks.

According to a study by researchers, soy-based plant milk is the best alternative from a nutritional point of view. Soy milk is rich in nutrients, but low in cholesterol and saturated fats.

 » When I recommend plant milks, I usually suggest trying unsweetened soy milk or chickpea milk, as they have the protein content and profiles most similar to milk , » explains the nutritionist.