There is such a wide range of delicious non-dairy milks that I don’t miss dairy milk at all. I just wish I’d stopped drinking dairy sooner. Especially when I found out that in the UK milk can legally contain up to 400,000 million somatic (pus) cells per litre. You think its ok because you only have a tiny bit in your morning tea? Well even just one teaspoonful could legally have two million pus cells! Find out more here.
To explain this a bit more, somatic cells include white blood cells and skin cells which are normally shed from the lining of the udder when a cow has a painful inflammation of the mammary glands, or mastitis. This is so common in cows raised for milk that a milks somatic cell count (SCC) are checked to determine if the milk is infected. The SCC of healthy milk is below 100,000 cells per millilitre; however, the dairy industry is allowed to combine milk from all the cows in a herd in order to arrive at a “bulk tank” somatic cell count (BTSCC). Milk with a maximum BTSCC of 750,000 cells per millilitre can be sold. A BTSCC of 700,000 or more generally indicates that two-thirds of the cows in the herd are suffering from udder infections. You can read more here. On top of all that, choosing diary free options meaning helping to stop the suffering that dairy cows suffer: https://youtu.be/wZcUrWAK-8Q.
You might and hopefully are now asking – so what non-dairy milks can I get? I like to get a nice range so I can mix it up and enjoy a new taste in my smoothies and chia seed pudding’s each week. My favourite are:
- Rice milk including Rice Dream original organic and Rude Health organic brown rice
- Nuts milk such as Almond and Hazelnut, including Rude Health organic almond and Rude Health organic hazelnut
- Oat milk including Oatly organic oat milk and Rude Health organic oat milk
- Coconut milk including Rude Health organic coconut milk and Chi coconut milk
If you just like drinking milk or think you couldn’t give up flavoured milk shakes, you can get non-dairy milks in even more delicious flavours such as coffee, chocolate, chia and green tea from Chi and Rebel Kitchen!