Considering making the switch from dairy to plant milk? Here's 4 reasons why you might want to make the swap
1. Cow's milk contains hormones, and pus- I always like to start this with a friendly reminder that cow's milk contains hormones, as well as other things that we may not want to be drinking, such as pus. Cow's milk is made for baby cows, so although these growth hormones are good for their babies, they aren't quite meant for us to be consuming.
2. You can help your health, and the environment- Another great reason to consider switching to plant milk is for the environment! As it is stated in the last article linked below under sources, "Cow’s milk has significantly higher impacts than the plant-based alternatives across all metrics. It causes around three times as much greenhouse gas emissions; uses around ten times as much land; two to twenty times as much freshwater; and creates much higher levels of eutrophication".
3. Health benefits- Many plant milks are made from wholesome ingredients, such as oats, almonds, cashews, and more! Although there is a lot of controversy surrounding vegan milk (as many of the ones that are on the market today contain added oils and sugars) it's important to remember that these are not the only options! Plant milks, such as oat milk, can easily be made at home with only two ingredients- making it a healthy & budget friendly alternative (see below for easy oat milk recipe)
4. The treatment of dairy cows- The 2020 New York Times article (linked below under sources) says it best when the author writes, "There is no such thing as cruelty free milk". The article goes on to explain, "Dairy cows are repeatedly impregnated by artificial insemination and have their newborns taken away at birth. Female calves are confined to individual pens and have their horn buds destroyed when they are about eight weeks old. The males are not so lucky. Soon after birth, they are trucked off to veal farms or cattle ranches where they end up as hamburger meat.
The typical dairy cow in the United States will spend its entire life inside a concrete-floored enclosure, and although they can live 20 years, most are sent to slaughter after four or five years when their milk production wanes".
So whether it's for health, environmental, or ethical problems, there's many reasons why you may want to make the switch to plant-based milk! I recommend looking for plant milks with no added oils or sugars if possible, and if you're looking to save some money, check out the recipe below to see how to easily make oat milk in 5 minutes, with just two (budget friendly) ingredients 💛