Last updated on: 4/8/2008 8:58:00 AM PST
What Alternatives to Animal Milk Are Consumed by Humans?
General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
Jackie Newgent, Registered Dietician, explained in her Discovery Health Channel website article "Are Dairy Alternatives Good For Your Bones?" (accessed Apr. 11, 2007):
"Milk alternatives, or the new 'milks,' don't actually contain any milk. They're non-dairy beverages that many people consume instead of dairy milk... Three popular alternatives are soy, rice, and almond 'milk.'...
Each of these beverages has its own distinct texture, color, and flavor. But make no mistake, they don't taste like milk; they have refreshing flavors of their own. There's plenty of variety - vanilla, chocolate, carob, and cappuccino, for instance."
Apr. 11, 2007 - Jackie Newgent, RD
Scott Kessman, a journalist, reported in his Oct. 10, 2006 article on the Associated Content website "Dairy Milk Substitutes: Lactose-free Alternatives":
"If you are simply seeking an alternative to milk and other dairy products products, you may want to consider some other alternatives, such as almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, and others.
Soy Milk is currently the most popular and well-known alternative to dairy milk, thanks to extensive advertising and the many supermarkets and groceries that now carry the dairy substitute. [It is] produced from soybeans that have been ground and mixed with water and a sweetener...
Rice Milk can usually be found in health food stores and some supermarkets. It is made from brown rice, water and a sweetener, and, like soy milk, is lactose-free and available in a number of varieties and flavors to suit your taste.
Almond Milk is made from almonds that have been ground and mixed with water and a sweetener...
Oat Milk is made primarily from oats and a small variety of other grains, such as rice, soybeans, and barley. Like almond milk, oat milk can be purchased in different varieties and fortified with essential vitamins and minerals...
Multi-grain milk varieties are also available, and can be made from any number of different grains."
Oct. 10, 2006 - Scott Kessman
Compassion for Farm Animals stated on the "Alternatives to Milk" page on its website (accessed Apr. 11, 2007):
"A variety of tasty alternatives exist to drinking other mammals milk. Milks made from soy, rice, almonds, hazelnuts, oats, [and] cashews are all available at most health food stores. Today most major grocery store chains sell soy and rice milks often in the dairy case along side cows' milk."
Apr. 11, 2007 - Compassion for Farm Animals
Bob Batz, Jr., a journalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, wrote in his May 3, 2007 article "Got Milk?":
"Add to the list of nondairy alternatives, with an emphasis on alternative, 'hemp milk.' The 'milk,' which just began to be sold this year, is made from the 'nuts' or seeds of the industrial hemp plant, which is illegal for U.S. farmers to grow...
A growing number of makers of hemp milk - they use seeds from Canada, where hemp grows legally - tout the health benefits of other substances in the THC-free drink [THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which comes from the hemp plant], which is selling legally and briskly across the country."
May 3, 2007 - Bob Batz, Jr.