Is ‘fake’ milk fit for drinking?

Supermarket chiller cabinets are awash with new products to pour into your coffee and over cereal. 

But are these ‘new’ non-dairy milks any better for you? Dietitian Noor Al Refae assesses four of the latest offerings. We then rated them. 

QWRKEE UNSWEETENED PEA M’LK

QWRKEE UNSWEETENED PEA M’LK

QWRKEE UNSWEETENED PEA M’LK

1l, £3, health food shops and amazon.co.uk.

Per 100ml: Calories, 53; saturated fat, 0.3g; sugar, 0.3g; salt, 0.25g

Made from water, 3.9 per cent pea protein, rapeseed oil and fortified with vitamins, 250ml of this unsweetened plant ‘milk’ provides 8g of protein and a third of your daily calcium — plus the same again of iron, vital to make red blood cells; iodine, for thyroid function; and vitamins B2 and B12, for energy. 

Rapeseed oil gives omega 3 fats for brain and heart health, with 2g fibre in a 250ml glass. Nutritious choice.

4/5

ALPRO SOYA GROWING UP DRINK

ALPRO SOYA GROWING UP DRINK

ALPRO SOYA GROWING UP DRINK

1l, £1.45, most supermarkets.

Per 100ml: Calories, 64; saturated fat, 0.3g; sugar, 2.5g; salt, 0.04g

This soya ‘milk’ is made with water and 6.6 per cent soya beans. Marketed for toddlers, it’s lactose, dairy and gluten-free and has added calcium and vitamin D, iodine and iron (needed for mental development). 

Added fructose and cane sugar means a 250ml serving will give your child two-and-a-half teaspoons of the sweet stuff — significantly more than regular, unsweetened soya milk. 

GOOD HEMP BARISTA SEED MILK

GOOD HEMP BARISTA SEED MILK

1/5

GOOD HEMP BARISTA SEED MILK

750ml, £1.50, goodhemp.com. Per 100ml: Calories, 45; saturated fat, 0.3g; sugar, 4.6g; salt, trace

A blend of water, malt extract and 4 per cent hemp seed, this was devised to create an airy foam for frothy coffees. 

A small glass can contain as much omega 3 as a portion of fresh tuna. 

Contains almost three teaspoons of added sugar in 250ml — 37 per cent of the recommended daily limit for an adult.

2/5

KOKO DAIRY FREE SUPER

KOKO DAIRY FREE SUPER

KOKO DAIRY FREE SUPER

1l, £2, widely available. 

Per 100ml: Calories, 44; saturated fat, 2.3g; sugar, 2.5g; salt, 0.1g

Made with water, 8 per cent coconut milk, grape juice concentrate, rapeseed oil and broad bean protein, this is fortified so it has the same amount of calcium as dairy — plus eight other nutrients including vitamin D, potassium and magnesium. 

On the downside, it has much less protein than semi-skimmed dairy, and double the saturated fat.

3/5 

source: dailymail.co.uk

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