The first week of the month of September is observed as National Nutrition Week
– a time when health experts, nutritionists, and dieticians come together to spread awareness of the importance of eating right and healthy. While some people rely on non-vegetarian foods, there are others who prefer vegetarian sources – however, citing global warming concerns and wildlife welfare, many are switching to a plant-based or vegan
diets. What sets vegan people apart is that they rely solely on plant-based foods – they even abstain from dairy and poultry sources.
One may think that going vegan would mean that obtaining calcium and proteins will become further difficult. However, there are some varieties of plant-based milk
that could help meet your nutrition
requirements well. And a recent study presented at the American Chemical Society Fall 2022 event, researchers evaluated the various varieties of plant milk
– soy, cashew, coconut, almond, oat, rice and pea – and discovered that as compared to dairy milk
, some varieties are healthier.
Plant-based milk VS dairy milk
Evaluating the mineral content, especially zinc, selenium, magnesium, and phosphorus, experts discovered that soy and pea milk
had higher levels of essential minerals as compared to cow milk – 50 per cent more zinc, selenium, and phosphorus. Therefore, for the vegan group of people, pea milk is an excellent alternative.
Many people express concerns about losing out on nutrients when going vegan. However, experts say that when compared, people miss out on very minimal nutrients – instead, saturated fat intake can become lower than usual. Additionally, one is more likely to get more nutrients and minerals in the process.
Pea milk is the newest cow milk alternative loaded with fibre, calcium, proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it is advised to evaluate the risks of an allergic reaction before making the switch. Although the allergen properties are not as strong, it is better to be on the safer side. The same goes for oat, soy, and almond milk.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.