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CNN.com: Got alt-milk? How plant-based alternatives compare
In the nutritional world, the benefits of cow’s milk are well-known: It’s a good source of several important nutrients, including protein, calcium and vitamin D, and an important staple for children.
But despite its winning nutrient profile, cow’s milk doesn’t always have a place within one’s diet. Take vegans, who avoid food from all animals, or people who have an allergy to milk protein. Or the large percentage of individuals who have trouble digesting lactose, the sugar in milk, and prefer something other than dairy milks that may be more easily digested.