Supporters of almond, soy and other plant-based milks are pushing back against a new congressional campaign aimed at forcing these “fake” beverages to drop the “milk” branding. Molly Spence, North America regional director for the Almond Board of California, says that in the case of almond milk, it’s proven to be a “satisfying alternative” for people seeking to avoid lactose, reduce consumption of animal or soy products, or cut calories. Many types of almond milk contain fewer calories than a lot of dairy milk or other plant-based milks, she says, and most are fortified with calcium and vitamin D. “According to historians, almond milk was often the milk of choice for medieval cooks because it was not subject to spoilage like animal milk and was acceptable for religious fasting or meat-free days,” Spence says. “Those same reasons — shelf life and consumer choice — still hold true today.”
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