Infographic: Dairy Showdown

Dairy Showdown!

We’ve all seen it and we’ve all heard about it - the many dairy alternatives that have hit the market and continue to make everyone wonder about. From pea milk to oat milk to the classics like Almond and Coconut milk, there is a huge non-dairy market that is growing greatly and causing a decline in the traditional dairy industry.

The non-dairy industry is growing for several reasons, many people choose it for the ethical standpoint or others are choosing it because of health conditions. Either way, this is causing the dairy industry to decline rapidly. According to the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the sales of milk dropped about $1.1 billion last year; 2018 closed with net sales totaling $13.6 billion, compared to 2017’s $14.7 billion. US dairy sales are set to drop 11% by 2020.
A report published by market research company Mintel last March revealed that sales of dairy milk will continue to decline over the next two years. The dairy milk category has fallen 15% since 2012. The non-dairy milk industry saw a surge of 61% since 2012. The dairy alternatives market was estimated to be around 12 billion in 2017, that could increase to more than $34 billion by 2024!

So what is the problem? Why aren’t more people following this industry and becoming a part of this trend?

There are two main reasons that are holding back consumers from making this switch. There is a growing trend of incorporating more protein in a diet, but alternatives such as almond milk only have 1g of protein compared to dairy milk having 8g of protein. Also, some people continue to drink dairy for health reasons to benefit bone health.

However, many people switch to non-dairy for health reasons too. Many people want to lose weight but don’t know how, giving up on dairy decreases weight immensely. People that have acne or other skin problems see great results when taking dairy out of their diet.  People that are lactose intolerant find it extremely beneficial to switch to non-dairy alternatives instead of cutting dairy out completely.

The Dairy Alternatives

Interested in changing your dairy preferences but don’t know when to start? Don’t know the difference? Don’t know which one you will like?  We did the quick research for you!

Soy Milk


  • Made from whole soybeans
  • Creamy, mild taste
  • Most similar to cow’s milk
  • Can be used in replace of cows milk, swap this out when you have to make something dairy free

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Almond Milk


  • Made out of whole almonds (sometimes almond butter) and water               
  • Light, nutty, thin, and sweet
  • Lowest in calories
  • Low in protein

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Coconut Milk


  • Made out of the flesh of brown coconuts mixed with water
  • Creamy and sweet with a hint of coconut flavor
  • Lowest protein
  • Lowest carb content

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Oat Milk


  • Mixture of oats with water
  • Sweet, mild flavor
  • Can be used in cooking the SAME WAY as cows milk!
  • High fiber
  • Half the protein in cow's milk

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Rice Milk


  • Made of water and milled white or brown rice
  • Low in fat and protein
  • Most hypoallergenic non-dairy milk

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Cashew Milk


  • Rich and creamy
  • Low in calories, carbs, and sugars
  • Little protein

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Other Easy Recipes

There are so many recipes that are popular and can be made with the proper substitutions. Looking for some easy dairy alternatives to add on the menu or your cookbook? Check these out.

Garlic Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Since cashew milk thick just like cream, you can use it as a substitute!

Chocolate Pudding

This can be made with soy, almond, or coconut milk!

Dairy Free Rice Pudding

Use any milk alternative though rice milk is the most recommended as it is vegan, dairy free, and egg free.

Switching from dairy to non dairy alternatives can be intimidating at first and it may be hard to know what to choose and why. Depending on your preference, your favorite alternative may be one you never expected.

Enjoying these alternatives and cooking with them is a lot easier than expected, especially when making desserts. We hope that this list helped you figure out which dairy alternative you want to change to.