I appreciate your taking on this huge topic but there are several flaws in your article.

First, your criticism of almond milk as resource intensive is unfounded. Yes, almonds take more water to grow than some other crops, but almond milk requires far less water than dairy milk.

Check out numbers here

From an environmental perspective any plant milk beats animal products hands down. Water, carbon footprint, land use…

Second, while soy does contain phytoestrogens, there are decades of research showing they are not harmful.

I gave my three kids soy formula and they drink lots of soy milk. As a scientist, you can bet I did my homework.

These articles have references to many statements to this effect from leading health organizations.


Also, soy milk has the same amount of protein as low-fat dairy milk (7 – 9 grams per cup depending on brand). It doesn’t make sense to call it moderately high and to call cow milk high.

I agree that rice milk and nut milk are too watered down to replace cow milk for kids.

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