Consumer Alert: Are plant-based milks healthier?

Posted: Updated:

Are nondairy milks the right option for people looking to get in shape for the new year? The answer has become less clear-cut as more plant-based milks have hit the market.

"Consumers are very confused about the nutrition quality of different types of plant milks, and there are a lot out there," says Consumer Reports nutritionist Amy Keating.

Consumer Reports tested plant-based milks made from almonds, coconuts, oats and soy.

Studies found that soy milk came closest to cow's milk in terms of providing high-quality protein and nutrients. Almond milk, however, tested very low in protein.

Tests also found that coconut milk is low in protein and contains saturated fat. Oat milk was found to have some protein and fiber.

Consumer experts also advise those buying plant-based milks to check the label to look for one that's carrageenan-free. Carrageenan is a gum that can irritate the stomach. Other nondairy milks may contain phosphates, which some research has linked to kidney problems.

They also say that plant milks marked as "plain" or "original" could have added sugar. Those looking to avoid sugar should look for milks specifically labeled "unsweetened."

 

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your April 2020 Super Pink Moon Photos

    Your April 2020 Super Pink Moon Photos

    This week's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Did you see it? Share your photos with us.
    This week's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Did you see it? Share your photos with us.
  • Your Breath of Fresh Air Photos

    Your Breath of Fresh Air Photos

    In these trying times, we can all use a breath of fresh air every once in a while. News 12 wants to see your scenic photos while you get your breath of fresh air.
    In these trying times, we can all use a breath of fresh air every once in a while. News 12 wants to see your scenic photos while you get your breath of fresh air.
  • PHOTOS: The Impact of coronavirus around the world

    PHOTOS: The Impact of coronavirus around the world

    CoronavirusCoronavirus
    CoronavirusCoronavirus
    These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.
    These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak. 
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."