Learning more about the alternatives we use is so important! –
Beverages made from seeds, fruits, nuts, legumes, and cereals often contain shockingly little plant material. Manufacturers heavily sweeten the drinks to improve their flavor and add thickeners and gums, such as the gastrointestinal inflammatory agent carrageenan, to make them seem creamy.“
Astonishingly, some of these beverages advertised as ‘healthy’ alternatives to dairy have a sugar content equal to or greater than some soft drinks,” said Anne Ross, the report’s lead author and Cornucopia’s Director of International Policy.
To help consumers find the most nutritious plant-based beverages containing the fewest additives, Cornucopia developed a comprehensive scorecard rating over 300 products from 49 brands.
The global market for plant-based beverages is estimated to climb to nearly $20 billion by 2023 with an anticipated annual growth rate of 12%. Several of the country’s largest food marketers have recently acquired plant-based and alternative protein companies. Is the company that pushes Coca-Cola also making your “healthy” plant-beverage?