Nottinghamshire’s coffee shops are catering to the needs of vegan and non-vegan customers with a range of mylk, with 78% of the UK public classing plant-based milks as “real” milk too.
This research from Mintel also found that mylk sales had risen by 30% in the last 4 years.
Blend in Sneinton are just one of the many that have taken to the mylk trend. A spokesman for the cafe commented: “The reason we stock these milks is to cater to our diverse range of clientele.
“Not everyone drinks milk, some people have allergies, more and more people are becoming vegan. Some are more conscious about the environment. Stocking alternatives is in line with our own sustainable outlook.”
Though they have been fully accepted by Nottingham baristas, plant milks have been accused of not being the health food they are depicted to be. Here are the pros and cons of the most popular choices to help you decide what to pour on your cereal.
Soy milk: providing protein as well as calcium, soy milk is the most popular alternative choice, especially for those deprived of dairy due to a lactose intolerance.
Oat milk: high in fibre and a creamier texture.
Coconut milk: conventionally used in cooking, it is becoming more popular in lattes, with Costa Coffee offering a range of coconut milk drinks. Health-wise, it contains lauric acid, known to boost the immune system.
Almond milk: contains a plethora of nutrients including protein, fibre, vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, phosphorus, trytophan and calcium.
Soy milk: for many the strong taste of soy is overpowering. More seriously, soy can contain a lot of hormones, for example phytoestrogen, a hormone similar to estrogen. This most likely will not have an impact, but is something to be aware of.
Oat milk: not as much fibre as other choices, and higher in sugar.
Coconut milk: high in fat content, however supposedly it causes “good cholesterol”.
Almond milk: does not contain that much calcium and of course is not ideal for those with a nut allergy.
Despite a shift to alternatives, the UK are the 8th highest consumers of cows milk in the world. For those who fancy a splash of cashew, hemp or rice milk in their cappuccino, though, it is easier than ever thanks to coffee shops like Blend.
For more information on the health benefits of non-cow milks check out this report from the NHS.