The word “milk” is taking a bit of a beating and the dairy industry wants it only used for animal milk.
There is continuing debate over the use of this word which I find quite fascinating. Now the dictionary does define milk as being:
an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.
which, plainly obvious a cashew nut is not.
However, with the movement growing away from animal milk and towards plant-based milks, I think we’re getting to a point where the definition may have to be reduced to – a white liquid rich in fat and protein – and leave it at that.
It appears that those who want to keep the word only to mammals are calling any plant-based milk “imitation”. They argue:
that plant-based milk products are nutritionally inferior substitutes for cow milk and therefore must be identified as “imitation” product.
Now I would vehemently disagree with that and argue that, in fact, plant-based milk is superior as it does not have the protein casein in it, the plant-based milk has a much better quality calcium and no animals are harmed in the milking!
Even the FDA have been asked to make a ruling. Silly part is, that I believe soymilk and almond milk are excused from this debate and can continue to use the term.
I can’t imagine anyone confusing Rice Milk with Cow’s milk …. but hey, stranger things have happened.