20 February 2023 - Riddet Institute Professor Warren McNabb was featured on the DairyNZ podcast in February, speaking to presenter Ben Chapman Smith about research into alternative and plant-based milks. The study, published in the Frontiers in Nutrition journal in August 2022, assessed the nutritional profiles of a range of plant-based milks, such as soy, oat, coconut, almond or rice milks, and compared them to bovine milk.
A Professor of Nutrition Sciences, Prof McNabb was one of the study's authors and says plant-based milks were often marketed as alternatives to ruminant milks such as cow’s milk. Consumers could easily believe they were nutritionally interchangeable.
Instead, the study found the plant-based milks provided only a small fraction of the nutritional goodness of cow’s milk and many did not live up to their packaging claims. The full podcast can be found here: