Alternative Milks: How Do They Stack Up?

Cow’s milk contains countless important nutrients that are essential to a healthy diet. But for some, animal-derived milk can have its shortcomings, including allergies, lactose intolerance and other dietary requirements. Fortunately, there is no shortage in choice of alternatives for those seeking a substitute to cow’s milk.

Sales of alternative milk varieties have risen 60% over the last 10 years, almost $70M in sales. Soy milk accounts for the largest stake. Recently, we’ve noticed an increasing number of customers switching their preference of Soy milk to Oat milk. 

We actually find that the flavours of our chai infuse better into non-dairy milks - and that many of our customers serve non-dairy milks with their chai as standard. We love almond, oat and soy milk, but there's a whole world of interesting milks to consider. 

Almond Milk 

Contains the same healthy fat as olive oil, is naturally low in fat and kilojoules.

Oat Milk 

Relatively low in fat and saturated fat and offers a moderate amount of protein. Contains cholesterol-lowering beta glucan. May not be suitable for gluten intolerance.

Soy Milk

A popular alternative to dairy and in many ways, is naturally equivalent to cow's milk. Has more protein than other alternatives which makes it a good option for vegans. Soy milk has a higher fat content than other alternatives and comes in a range of varieties.

Macadamia Milk 

The Aussie nut beloved worldwide, the macadamia is not only creamy and delicious but is packed full of good stuff. It's rich in  omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and is also high in vitamin B1, magnesium, and manganese. It's rich in fat, sure, but it’s almost entirely monounsaturated fat. That’s the same stuff olive oil is praised for having.

Coconut Milk

No, we don't mean the can you add to your Thai Green Curry recipes. Often marketed as a coconut milk beverage, it's much more diluted than the coconut milk you use in cooking. But it still adds a light, refreshing coconut flavour to your drinks.