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July 25, 2023

New study finds plant-based milks are ‘not nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk’

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You might want to reconsider what milk you choose with your next coffee order.

A new study has found that all those popular alternative milks many are raving about are not as nutritional as we would like to think. 

Scientists from the University of Minnesota have found that plant-based milks on average are less nutritious than cow’s milk.  

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New study finds that plant-based milks are “not nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk.” (Getty)

The study analysed 233 brands of plant-based milks sold in the US, looking at substitutes including oat, almond, coconut, hazelnut, soy and more produced by 23 companies. 

The study results were presented at the NUTRITION 2023 conference in Boston this week. 

From the results, the researchers found that almost nine in ten of the alternative milks had less nutritional value than cow’s milk.

The plant-based milks lacked the protein, vitamin D and calcium levels that cow’s milk contains. 

Only 28 of the plant-based products were found to have had a similar or greater amount of vitamin D, calcium and protein. 

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Meanwhile, soy and pea milks were found to have a slightly greater amount of protein with 38 of the alternative milks having the same amount of protein contained in cow’s milk.

In Australia, the daily calcium requirement varies depending on your age and sex.

Healthy Bones Australia recommends that adults should be consuming roughly 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, whole milks contains on average 306 milligrams of calcium and eight grams of protein per 240 milligrams.

Meanwhile, the US study found that on average, the plant-based milks contained about 350 milligrams of calcium, three micrograms of vitamin D and two grams of protein per 8.1 fluid ounces (approx. 239.5 millilitres).

“Our results provide evidence that many plant-based milk alternatives are not nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk,” Dr Abigail Johnson, the leading epidemiologist in the study said. 

Researchers recommend choosing plant-based milk alternatives that have calcium and vitamin D listed as ingredients. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Johnson is an assistant professor and associate director of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Nutrition Coordinating Center. 

“Based on these findings, consumers should look for plant-based milk alternative products that list calcium and vitamin D as ingredients,” Johnson said. 

For people who can’t consume dairy products, having an alternative milk that is fortified with calcium is crucial

“We know from our dietary assessments for nutrition studies that consumers are choosing more plant-based milk alternatives,” Johnson shares. 

“‘They may also want to consider adding other sources of calcium and vitamin D to their diets,” Johnson adds. 

Other foods such as leafy greens and tinned tuna are additionally good sources of calcium intake, while Johnson recommends supplements as a way to get the required amount of calcium every day. 

From the study, Johnson points to the need for more advertising to make consumers aware of the lower nutritional value of plant-based milks. 

“Product labelling requirements and dietary guidance to the public are among the approaches that may be helpful in alerting and educating consumers,” she says. 

If you’re choosing an alternative milk, consider additional ways to get that extra boost of calcium and protein to set you up right for the day.

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