Starbucks can now customize milk. Even in cafes and restaurants, changing from regular milk to daily-free milk is becoming commonplace. How much do you know about vegetable milk?


I often hear soy milk, and recently almonds and oats milk are abundant in variations. Besides, rice milk and coconut milk. When I looked it up, there were many.


Let’s start with soy milk. Translated as it is, it is often called soy milk, but as the name suggests, soy milk is made from soybeans. Soybeans soaked in water for a long time are mashed and boiled down soup is strained. At first, I wasn’t good at this bean feeling and couldn’t drink it at all, but I wanted to try it because I knew it was good for my health.


Specifically, I focused on soy isoflavone, which is a component of soy milk, because it is good for the body. At that time, I was suffering from rough skin and decided to continue drinking ice soy milk because I wanted to change what I eat every day. Soy isoflavones work like female hormones, so they support the creation of beautiful skin.


Also, while milk is animal, soy milk is vegetable milk. Both are high in protein, but soy milk is a low-fat, cholesterol-free drink. As a result, I was able to like soy milk and my skin quality improved, so I’m glad I took it.


Next is almond milk. This is also made from almonds, just like soy milk. I think it’s a milk that has been attracting attention recently, but the characteristics of almond milk are that it has lower calories, zero cholesterol, and lower sugar than milk, which makes it healthy. Until now, when I was worried about it, I used to change to non-fat milk at cafes, but recently I have chosen almond milk. After investigating, I found that it is more effective to consume almonds in the form of crushed milk than to eat them as they are. I rarely eat almonds as they are, and I have a little resistance, but I learned that milk can absorb more nutrients, and I have a feeling that I will drink more almond milk in the future.


Next, oat milk made from oats. I hadn’t drank oat milk until I handled it at Starbucks last year, but at that point it was already called the “third milk” in Europe and the United States. Overseas, it seems that it has been attracting attention due to various merits such as 100% vegetable origin of oat milk, abundant dietary fiber, and low sugar.


Oat milk has a slightly yellowish color like soy milk, and although there may be individual differences, it has a clean and habit-free taste. If you like foreign cultures, you might guess that “oatmeal” is a staple of American breakfast. The reason why Americans settled in oats earlier than in Japan may be due to the low hurdle of taking oats as oatmeal in the first place.


Coconut milk with an image that is often used in cooking. Since it becomes a milk with a lot of fat, it is not suitable for drinking as it is. By adding it as a secret ingredient such as curry, the curry will have a mild and rich taste.


And finally rice milk. I haven’t drank this yet, so let me share what I learned this time. As the name suggests, it is made from rice, so you can feel the natural sweetness. Compared to milk, it contains more carbohydrates but is low in calories. There are still many overseas brands, but the number of places where you can buy them is increasing, so please check it out.


I personally like milk and drink it a lot, but I think it’s really good to be in an era where you can choose 100% vegetable milk like this. People with allergies or vegans who don’t consume dairy products may not have been able to choose latte when they went to the cafe. Vegetable milk is not just a fad, but I hope it will firmly take root in Japan.