Not Milk – Dietitian Review
This Not Milk Dietitian Review will help you decide if Not Milk is nutritionally sound and lives up to its marketing claims. Read on for our dietitian review of taste, nutritional properties, ingredients, use, cost, and overall versatility before making your decision.
About Not Milk
NotMilk is a plant-based milk alternative. Unlike other plant-based milk that starts with a single-ingredient source, such as almonds or oats, NotMilk is formulated with a number of ingredients to mimic dairy milk. Similar to dairy milk, NotMilk comes in 1%, 2%, whole, or chocolate varieties.
Nutrition or Marketing Claims
NotMilk is promoted as a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional milk. The website states, “made of 100% plant goodness that helps protect the planet with every delicious mouthful”. They also state that “your taste buds will deceive you, every…mouthful is made from 100% plants”, which suggests that NotMilk tasted just like traditional milk.
Taste & Texture
NotMilk pours and froths just like traditional milk. It also has a texture and smooth mouthfeel similar to traditional milk. The taste is similar to dairy milk, but there are also evident flavours from the pineapple and cabbage juice. It basically tastes as if dairy milk was combined with pineapple juice. There is a definite difference in flavour compared to traditional dairy milk, but overall the flavour is pleasant.
Water: this is the main source of liquid in the milk.
Sunflower oil: oil adds a source of fat to the milk. Sunflower oil is derived from sunflower seeds and contains both mono-and polyunsaturated fats.
Pea protein: this adds a protein source to the milk.
Cane sugar: used to add a sweet flavour to the milk.
Pineapple and cabbage juice concentrate: added to help mimic the flavour of cows milk.
Gellan gum, Acacia gum: added for texture.
Salt: used as a flavour enhancer.
Natural flavours: added for flavour.
Minerals and vitamins: dipotassium phosphate, calcium carbonate, monocalcium phosphate, vitamin D2, and vitamin B12.
There are no priority allergens declared in the ingredient list or on the packaging.
Not Milk – Dietitian Review
Note: The nutrition facts below reflect 1 cup of ‘Whole’ NotMilk.
Calories: 100 (70-100 depending on the fat content and flavour).
Fat: 8g (2.5-8g depending on the product) coming from sunflower oil.
Carbohydrate: 4g coming from cane sugar and pineapple juice (4-7g depending on the product).
Fibre: 0g (0-3g depending on the product. The 1% product has soluble corn fibre added, while the 2% and whole products do not).
Sugar: 3g, coming from cane sugar and pineapple juice.
Protein: 4g coming from pea protein.
Sodium: 180mg (150-180mg depending on the flavour) coming from added salt.
Other nutrients: 600mg potassium, 350mg calcium, 1mg iron, 5ug vitamin D, 0.85ug vB12.
NotMilk is available for $4.49-$4.99- per 1.89L in Ontario.
How does NotMilk compare to cow’s milk?
The texture, appearance, and overall mouthfeel of NotMilk is similar to traditional dairy. However, there is a definite flavour difference between cow’s milk and NotMilk.
Nutritionally speaking, NotMilk is lower in carbohydrates and sugar than dairy milk. It also has a better overall fat profile, with only 6% of its total fat coming from saturated fat compared to 63% of whole cow’s milk. Dairy milk, however, contains 2x the protein as NotMilk.
Both dairy milk and NotMilk have similar amounts of calcium, however, dairy milk contains vitamin K, which helps in the utilization of calcium.
Bottom line: there are pros and cons of both dairy and NotMilk. I wouldn’t say that one is superior to the other overall, depending on your nutrition goals and taste preferences.
Is NotMilk healthy?
NotMilk is a healthy choice for someone looking for an alternative to dairy milk. NotMilk has a healthy fat profile and, like dairy milk, is a source of calcium and vitamin D.
Does NotMilk live up to its marketing claims?
Yes, and no. NotMilk’s most obvious claims relate to how it is a plant-based replica of dairy milk. Nutritionally speaking, NotMilk is lower in protein than dairy milk but contains a comparable amount of calcium and vitamin D. It is also lower in carbohydrates than dairy milk, which may be a positive or negative attribute depending on someone’s health and nutrition goals. The texture and consistency of NotMilk is very similar to dairy milk, however, there is a difference in flavour.
Not Milk – Dietitian Review
Frequently asked questions
What is Not Milk made of?
NotMilk is formulated with a number of ingredients to mimic dairy milk, including water, pineapple juice, pea protein, and sunflower oil.
Does Not Milk have protein?
NotMilk has 4g of protein per 1 cup serving coming from peas. This is more protein per serving than almond, coconut, or other nut-based milk, but less protein than soy milk and cow’s milk, both of which have around 8g of protein per serving.
Is NotMilk better than regular milk?
Nutritionally speaking, NotMilk is lower in protein than dairy milk but contains a comparable amount of calcium and vitamin D. It is also lower in carbohydrates than dairy milk, which may be a positive or negative attribute depending on someone’s health and nutrition goals.
Where is the protein from in NotMilk?
The protein in NotMilk comes from pea protein.
Does NotMilk actually taste like milk?
NotMilk has a similar texture and overall consistency to dairy milk, however, there is a flavour difference. NotMilk contains pineapple juice which is evident in the flavour.
Is NotMilk dairy-free?
Yes, NotMilk is a dairy-free alternative to traditional milk.
Is NotMilk gluten-free?
Yes, NotMilk is gluten-free. Always check the label before consuming as product ingredients may change.
Is NotMilk nut-free?
Yes, NotMilk is nut-free. Always check the label before consuming as product ingredients may change.
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