Plant milk

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Variety of plant milks
Amazake (Japanese rice milk)
Glass of horchata de chufa in a cafe in Spain

Plant milk has been consumed for centuries in various cultures, both as a regular drink (such as the Spanish horchata) and as a substitute for dairy milk. The most popular varieties are soy milk, almond milk, rice milk and coconut milk.

There are a variety of reasons for consuming plant milk: health conditions, such as lactose intolerance, milk allergy and PKU; veganism and ovo-vegetarianism; religious reasons, such as by some Christian denominations during Lent; and simple taste preference. The protein content of plant milk varies. It contains no lactose and is usually sold with added calcium and vitamins, especially B12.

In the United States soy milk was long the most popular non-dairy milk, but starting around 2010 almond milk began to increase in popularity, and in 2013 it surpassed soy milk as the most popular variety.[1] Other popular milks in the US are rice and coconut. In Europe soy and oat milk are popular. There is also hazelnut milk and milk from peas and lupin.[2]

Plant milks are used to make ice cream, plant cream, cheese analogues and yogurt (for example, soy yogurt).

Grain milk[edit]

Legume milk[edit]

Nut milk[edit]

Seed milk[edit]

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  1. ^ Wong, Venessa (August 21, 2013). "Soy Milk Fades as Americans Opt for Drinkable Almonds". BusinessWeek. 
  2. ^ Epperly, Victoria. Daniel's Lifestyle Fasting Cook Book. Xulon Press, 2008, pp. 248–250.

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