Your Definitive Guide to the Best Milk Alternatives

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More and more of us are looking to dairy-free alternatives. So much so that the UK dairy consumption levels have dropped by a third in the last twenty years. So why should you consider swapping from lactose full to lactose-free? To begin with, you could be doing your skin a favour, especially if you're prone to acne or breakouts, as research in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found a link between dairy consumption and acne. And it's often one of the food groups that are best avoided when trying to settle down skin.

"If you are lactose-intolerant or vegan, dairy-free milks are a necessity," says Hala El-Shafie, dietitian and psychology of eating expert. "However, some of the alternatives can be nutritionally inferior to cow's milk, so it's essential to look for milks that are fortified with vitamins and minerals such as calcium and B vitamins."

Then, of course, there are ethical reasons for not wanting to exploit cows for their milk.

Whatever your reason for swerving a glass of the white stuff, the good news is that there are so many dairy-free alternatives out there that genuinely taste delicious that it's not hard to find one you'll enjoy.

Scroll on for the best milk alternatives.