The glass is no longer half full for plant based milks

Plant based milk consumption is certainly on the rise in Australia. We use a few in our formulas. Read more of the news and the statistics we discovered on the growth of plant based milk in Australia and more.

Plant based milk consumption is on the rise in Australia.

It has to be when you see the massive choice we have now in the non-dairy milk alternatives shelves in supermarkets, health food stores and also when searching online too.

We came across some news and research about plant based milk on the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council of Australia website and thought we have to share this news (GNLC are an independent authority for nutrition and the health benefits of grains and legumes).

Their research showed a 58 percent increase in plant based milk alternatives, ready for you to purchase and use, in the space of two years. 

This adds to a statistic we found that sales of non-dairy alternatives skyrocketed worldwide between 2009 and 2015.

We can tell you, it doesn’t take much for us to get excited here at Super Cubes and sometimes news like this can get us through the day.

Just like having three wake me up smoothie cubes in the morning can.

Why is this above good news for plant based milks you may ask?

Well, for a start it shows a great swing in consumer demand and that the manufacturers are meeting the demands by working with different ingredients to offer increasing variety and ongoing supply.

Finally, it also shows us that the supermarkets throughout Australia are also noticing this upwards trend by stocking so many different varieties.



So why are people using plant based milks more and more?

This could be due to multiple factors, it could due to allergies, lactose intolerance, dietary recommendations or it could be just the fact people like the taste and most are really easy to add to recipes and smoothies.

What different types of plant based milks are available?

Here’s a list for you of the different types of plant based milks that are currently around in Australia according to GLNC’s category breakdown.

They sit in the legume, nut, coconut, grain and mixed plant based milk categories.

We have also thrown in a few extras at the bottom that we have seen around that may have not made it into the mainstream as yet.

  • Soy
  • Pea
  • Almond
  • Hazelnut
  • Cashew
  • Macadamia
  • Coconut
  • Rice
  • Oat
  • Spelt
  • Potato
  • Hemp Seed
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Lupin
  • Peanut
  • Pistachio
  • Walnut
  • Chia Seed
  • Flaxseed
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Sesame Seed
  • Sunflower Seed

      Are there any other plant based milks we have missed off the list?

      So although cow’s milk has a pretty amazing nutrient profile (including high calcium levels), there certainly is a swing happening towards plant based milks in Australia and around the world which has resulted in much more non-dairy product choices for us and you.

      Where can plant based milk products go to from here?

      Well if the report on the growth of the category from GNLC is anything to go by, the plant based milks will continue to evolve and grow and with this it will spawn all of the sub category products for all of us to try.

      Lastly, make sure you check out the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council website for more information and news on grain and legume nutrition and health benefits, they have some great information there.

      And if you’re heading out, can I get an oat yogurt and two potato milks to go please and can you bring them back to the office before they go warm?

       

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      Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs. Sometimes she does both at the same time.