‘Disconcerting discovery’: Study shows plant-based milk lacking in calcium, protein, vitamins
An analysis of 115 plant-based milk sold in Australia showed that the category was lacking in several micronutrients, including vitamin A, B12, calcium, and protein when compared to cow’s milk.
Researchers involved have described the findings as a “disconcerting discovery” since consumers tend to perceive plant-based milk as mineral-rich.
They have thus urged the country’s regulator to implement advisory labelling, especially for older women and adolescents who require a higher intake of micronutrients.
The analysis, said to be the first of its kind in Australia, looked at plant-based milk sold in major Australian supermarkets such as Woolworths, Coles and health foods stores from November 2019 to January 2020.