The last few years have seen a rapid increase in the health food industry. The consumer is becoming more savvy, more health conscious and better educated and even big brands like Tesco, Sainsbury's and M&S are now creating products to meet this new demand. While 2018 has seen these brands launch a lot of vegan based products, one type that continues to grow is that of dairy free mylks. But are mylks worth the hype?
What is Mylk?
Mylk is the term given to any milk type alternative that doesn't contain dairy. There is a wide range of brands on the market today including more commercial Alpro and the smaller ranges like Plenish, Rude Health and even Pip n'Nut.
What's your flavour?
There are so many varieties of mylks to try but it's equally easy to make your own! We provided a recipe in our last post.
This is a pretty nice video to explain it!
Are they worth it?
When it seems like everyone is raving about replacing milk with mylk, it's logical to ask whether there is truth to this trend? Well it depends.
Yes - On the one hand, mylk makes for a great addition to a vegan diet for variety and nutrient purposes. Not only that but it also helps to encourage people away from consuming huge amounts of milk in their diet. And each of the above types does offer a nutrient profile to boost your body.
No - The problem is in the processing. While mylks made at home are rich in nutrition and taste, shelf made products have the added challenge of preservation. So if you look on the label, you'll spot a lot more than just 'almonds' or 'cashews'. And then there's the real kicker, sugar. Many, especially lower priced products, have added sugar or sweetener which is totally unnecessary. And finally, the % of actual nuts/grain. Most of these mylks only contain a very small percentage of the actual ingredient. Obviously adding more reduces profit margin which is why some brands like Plenish are pricier (they have 6% almonds vs 1-3% in others). However our choice is to buy the product with higher nut content as it obviously gives higher return on your hard earning pound.
Ultimately, it's about doing your research and being careful as a consumer to get the most bang for our buck.
Whether you're a vegan or vegetarian looking to try some new recipes, or new to this lifestyle and missing dairy, this recipe is just the thing!
There is no added sweetener as both cashews and licorice are sweet enough to suffice your sweet cravings.