You don’t get as much nutrition with plant-based milk, studies say

As plant-based milk alternatives grow in popularity, recent studies show consumers are not getting close to the same nutrition they would from the real thing.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that while nearly 70,000 percent of the imitation dairy drinks had calcium and vitamin D, few could match the protein levels of real milk. They also found what proteins they did have were not consistent and their ranges varied.

The University’s Nutrition Coordinating Center says the content of plant-based milk alternatives is not well-documented, leaving large gaps in how it provides the nutrients needed for growth.

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