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'''Plant milk''' is a [[milk]]-like liquid made out of plants (seeds, [[grains]], [[nuts]], [[legumes]]). There is a wide variety of plant milks (or milk substitutes): soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc. Some of them are excellent to use for direct drinking, others suit best for replacing cow milk and [[cream]] while cooking.  
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'''Plant milk''', sometimes '''mylk''', is a [[milk]]-like liquid made out of plants (seeds, [[grains]], [[nuts]], [[legumes]]). There is a wide variety of plant milks (or milk substitutes): soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc. Some of them are excellent to use for direct drinking, others suit best for replacing [[Dairy milk|cow milk]] and [[cream]] while cooking.  
  
 
== Production ==
 
== Production ==
Plant milk is made by blending grains or seeds ([[soybeans]], [[rice]], [[almonds]]. etc.) with [[water]]. Extra ingredients might be added to improve the taste, such as [[sugar]], salt, or vanilla. Because of simple production, it is easy to make plant milk at home. Usually one just needs to soak ingredients in fresh water overnight, then cook them, put through a powerful [[blender]], and then filter out hard leftovers. The dry residue can be used for other recipes. To simplify the process even more, one can use [[soy milk machine]] (some of them can also make almond milk or rice milk).
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Plant milk is made by blending grains or seeds ([[soybeans]], [[rice]], [[almonds]]. etc.) with [[water]]. Extra ingredients might be added to improve the taste, such as [[sugar]], salt, or vanilla. Because of simple production, it is easy to make plant milk at home. Usually one just needs to soak ingredients in fresh water overnight, then cook them, put through a powerful [[blender]], and then filter out hard leftovers.
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The dry residue can be used for other recipes[https://www.plantmilk.org/pulp/]. To simplify the process even more, one can use a [[soy milk machine]] (some of them can also make almond milk or rice milk).
  
 
== Prevalence ==
 
== Prevalence ==
  
Plant milk (especially soy milk) can be easily bought in East [[Asia]]n and Southeast Asian countries ([[Japan]], [[South Korea]], [[China]], [[Taiwan]], [[Malaysia]], etc.) The reason for this is that it was invented in China centuries ago and spread with its culture (especially Buddhism). Later it became popular in Western countries (especially in [[North America]] and Western [[Europe]]), and is usually available in most grocery stores as well as in organic&vegetarian shops. It is now popular not only among vegans, but also lactose-intolerant people.  
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Plant milks (especially soy milk) can be easily bought in East [[Asia]]n and Southeast Asian countries ([[Japan]], [[South Korea]], [[China]], [[Taiwan]], [[Malaysia]], etc.) The reason for this is that it was invented in China centuries ago and spread with its culture (especially Buddhism). Later it became popular in Western countries (especially in [[North America]] and Western [[Europe]]), and is usually available in most grocery stores as well as in organic&vegetarian shops. It is now popular not only among vegans, but also lactose-intolerant people.  
  
 
== Common types ==
 
== Common types ==
[[File:Lima-organic-lactosefree-vegan-ricemilk-from-Germany-1liter-bottle+cup-1024px.jpg|thumb|right|240px|''Lima'' organic rice milk]]
 
 
===Almond milk===
 
Almond milk is made out of [[almonds]]. In Europe it is usually more expensive than other types of plant milks, while in US prices are generally lower, making it quite a popular choice.
 
 
=== Cashew ===
 
 
=== [[Coconut milk]] ===
 
 
=== Hazelnut milk ===
 
 
===Hemp milk===
 
Hemp milk is a drink made from hemp seeds. Hemp seeds contain a three-to-one ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids and other nutrients include [[magnesium]], [[phytosterols]], [[ascorbic acid]], [[beta-carotene]], [[calcium]], [[fiber]], [[iron]], [[potassium]], phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin, all of which make this plant milk a valuable product for vegans. Hemp milk also contains 10 essential [[amino acids]], making it a good vegan source of protein as hemp protein does not contain phytates, enzyme inhibitors found in some soy protein that can interfere with the absorption of essential minerals. Hemp protein may also be more digestible than soy protein because unlike soy, it doesn't contain oligosaccharides, complex sugars that can cause flatulence if not properly broken down during digestion.
 
 
Hemp milk is generally more expensive, but can be made at home without greater difficulties.
 
 
=== Macadamia nut milk ===
 
Macadamia milk is pleasantly thick and smooth with an almost fruity flavor. Relatively new to the market and is usually more expensive than other typs. Macadamia nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats with the lowest carb content, and are also high in vitamin B1, magnesium, and manganese.
 
 
===Oat milk===
 
Oat milk is made out of [[oats]] and is very common in many [[Europe]]an countries. It is also one of the cheapest types of plant milks.
 
  
=== Pea milk ===
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* [[Almond milk]]
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* Cashew
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* [[Coconut milk]]
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* Hazelnut milk
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* [[Hemp milk]]
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* Macadamia nut milk
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Macadamia milk is pleasantly thick and smooth with an almost fruity flavor. Relatively new to the market and is usually more expensive than other typs.
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* [[Oat milk]]
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* Pea milk
 
Made of yellow split peas, manufactured by [[Ripple Foods]].
 
Made of yellow split peas, manufactured by [[Ripple Foods]].
 
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* [[Rice milk]]
===Rice milk===
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* [[Soy milk]]
Rice milk is a grain milk made from [[rice]]. It's usually not sweetened, the sweet taste comes from a natural enzymatic process.
 
 
 
[[Amazake]] is a traditional sweet, low-alcohol [[Japan|Japanese]] drink made from fermented rice. [[Sikhye]] is a traditional sweet Korean rice beverage, usually served as a dessert.
 
 
 
===[[Soy milk]]===
 
Soy milk is a good and probably most common and cheap replacement for dairy milk. It's quite thick. Beware that some people are allergic to soy milk.
 
 
 
Most soy milks (at least in Europe) are GMO free. But if you are trying to avoid it, watch out for genetically modified soy nonetheless, since it is one of the most genetically modified ingredients in the world (the big part of GM soy serves as a feed for livestock though).
 
  
 
== Related products ==
 
== Related products ==
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== Links ==
 
== Links ==
* http://www.cfaitmaison.com/bio/faire-laits.html (French)
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* [http://www.cfaitmaison.com/bio/faire-laits.html (French)]
 
* [https://www.plantmilk.org/veggie-milk/| VEGAN MILKS] at plant milks
 
* [https://www.plantmilk.org/veggie-milk/| VEGAN MILKS] at plant milks
 
* [https://foodrevolution.org/blog/milk-substitutes/| 10 Popular Dairy Milk Substitutes]
 
* [https://foodrevolution.org/blog/milk-substitutes/| 10 Popular Dairy Milk Substitutes]
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Wikipedia:Plant milk]]
 
* [[Wikipedia:Plant milk]]
[[Category:Beverages]]
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[[Category:Plant based milks]]

Latest revision as of 05:55, 16 June 2020

Soy milk

Plant milk, sometimes mylk, is a milk-like liquid made out of plants (seeds, grains, nuts, legumes). There is a wide variety of plant milks (or milk substitutes): soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc. Some of them are excellent to use for direct drinking, others suit best for replacing cow milk and cream while cooking.

Production

Plant milk is made by blending grains or seeds (soybeans, rice, almonds. etc.) with water. Extra ingredients might be added to improve the taste, such as sugar, salt, or vanilla. Because of simple production, it is easy to make plant milk at home. Usually one just needs to soak ingredients in fresh water overnight, then cook them, put through a powerful blender, and then filter out hard leftovers.

The dry residue can be used for other recipes[1]. To simplify the process even more, one can use a soy milk machine (some of them can also make almond milk or rice milk).

Prevalence

Plant milks (especially soy milk) can be easily bought in East Asian and Southeast Asian countries (Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, etc.) The reason for this is that it was invented in China centuries ago and spread with its culture (especially Buddhism). Later it became popular in Western countries (especially in North America and Western Europe), and is usually available in most grocery stores as well as in organic&vegetarian shops. It is now popular not only among vegans, but also lactose-intolerant people.

Common types

Macadamia milk is pleasantly thick and smooth with an almost fruity flavor. Relatively new to the market and is usually more expensive than other typs.

Made of yellow split peas, manufactured by Ripple Foods.

Related products

Soy milk and oat milk (and perhaps sometimes other types of plant milk) can be used to make yogurt, ice cream, cream and other products. Cashew milk is good for cheese.

Links

See also