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Plant-Based Milks and Your Diet

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If you don’t consume animal foods, or can’t tolerate dairy, you can now choose from a long list of plant-based beverages. If you don’t spend a lot of time perusing these products in the grocery store, you may be surprised at the range of plants that are being used as a base. 

For example, even though two of my adult kids are vegan, and I eat a plant-forward diet, I was surprised to learn that one of the most recent additions are beverages made from yellow peas. 

But how do these beverages stack up nutritionally against old-fashioned cow’s milk? 

That’s the topic of my ‘Your Health Questions’ column for Good Times November/December 2023 issue.

Luckily, just as I was preparing to wrap up my background research for the piece, a new study comparing nutrient levels in plant-based beverages was released.

That meant I was able to provide an even more detailed breakdown that I would have been otherwise.

So—wondering what your best options are before you head to the grocery store? Read my column: ‘Plant-Based Milks and Your Diet.’

My heart-felt thanks to Dr. Heather Keller for so generously sharing her time and expertise. Dr. Keller is a professor and Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition &. Aging, at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and the Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ont.


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