According to an article published on the Genetics Home Reference website, an estimated 65 percent of the world’s population has difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in animal milk, after infancy. While people of East Asian descent are the most likely to suffer from lactose intolerance, it also affects large populations of the United States and Europe. Shortly after consuming animal milk, these individuals often suffer from a host of unpleasant symptoms ranging from abdominal pain and bloating to nausea and diarrhea.
Fortunately, health food stores are starting to sell a growing number of plant-based milks that are free of lactose and the health issues associated with consuming animal milk. This article takes a closer look at the best of these plant-based milks, listing both their advantages and disadvantages so that you can decide which one is best for your needs.