This week in our dairy-free Friday Bites, the dairy equals strong bones myth is disproved yet again. Plus, beverage makers whip up new drinks with a farm-fresh spin.
Study Shows Humans Were More ‘Hard-Headed’ Before Dairy Farming Was Introduced
Yet another study has shown that impact, not dairy consumption, is the key to strong bones. In fact, researchers out of UC Davis found that the advent of farming, and particularly dairy products, had a small but significant effect on the shape of human skulls. “At least in early farmers, milk did not make for bigger, stronger skull bones,” Dr. David Katz said.
From the study results, the researchers concluded that hunters and gathers developed stronger jaws from chewing, while farmers ate softer foods. But according to what we’re taught today, wouldn’t all that calcium the farmers consume from milk offset their active deficiencies? I guess not.
Startup Hops on Sustainable Plant-Based Trend with Dairy-Free Barley Milk
What plants can’t we milk? Canvas, a U.S. beverage startup, has found a way to convert leftover barley from the beer brewing process into dairy-free milk beverage. The highly perishable, wasted barley is typically called “spent grain,” but under the Canvas model, it becomes “saved grain.”
Grains are typically too high in starch and too low in fat to produce a creamy consistency on their own. But Canvas adds a blend of coconut and cashews to make their Barley milk marketable. Canvas Barley Milk is being released in 5 flavors: Original, Cocoa, Cold Brew Latte, Matcha, and Turmeric Chai.
Beverage Makers Fall for Pumpkin with New Dairy-Free Offerings
So Delicious may have dropped their pumpkin spice beverage last year, but this year other brands are whipping up new drinks to squash that void. For starters, Peet’s Coffee has added a vegan-friendly pumpkin spice latte to its menu, which will be available nationwide until October 31st. The latte features hand-pulled espresso and can be made with coconut milk and topped with their house-made coconut whipped cream. But to make it seasonal, it’s spiked with pumpkin and is dusted with fragrant spices.
Good Karma is also releasing a Pumpkin Spice Nog that’s made with flaxmilk and free of top allergens. And Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew has already reappeared on some store shelves. See our Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages Guide for more updates as the season progresses.