One of the most significant changes in the modern diet has been a relatively recent trend by companies to produce vegan milk substitutes. This is great for many reasons – whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or not at all. The simple ability to vary the taste of what you are consuming is great, and has likely led to some people simply exploring a vegan milk brand out of curiosity. A person may ask, “How does this taste compared to regular dairy milk?” While I have tasted some different varieties, and the taste can be distinctly different, I have come to enjoy the taste for what it is. Of course, for the vegans among us, you may be well aware of the negative effects of dairy milk, as well as the dairy industry which goes out of its way to lobby the government to promote its product. Social and environmental change starts with the purchases we make. If you have not moved away from dairy products, now is a great time to do so, especially given the many options that are becoming more and more readily available at your local supermarket.
While the core of truly living a plant-based and plant-smart lifestyle is cutting out all foods that include animal products (or byproducts), I thought it could be useful to narrow in on the specific benefits of a dairy free diet. If you've not yet made the decision to jump fully into a vegan lifestyle, starting by simply cutting out dairy foods from your diet may be a good first step.