Should plant-based milks be called milk?

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Consumers are buying more plant based milks, but should they be considered milk?

Susan Kasik-Miller, a clinical dietitian at HSHS Sacred Heart, said milk from a cow doesn’t need any changes to be consumed, while a milk product from a nut or fruit needs to be processed and altered before consumed, so it’s not considered milk. 

Kasik-Miller said skim milk and plant-based milks have about the same number of calories, but cows milk has significantly more protein. 

"Our plant-based proteins aren’t always complete, and also some of our milks that are derived from plants do not contain much more than one gram of protein," Kasik-Miller said. 

She said some people need to drink plant-based milks because they’re lactose intolerant, so they should choose a brand with more protein. 

The FDA said these plant-based products like almond and soy milk will no longer be able to label themselves milk. The changes will take about one year.

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