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A project by three Wicklow students on what is the 'best' milk at the BT Young Scientist had some interesting findings
The three pupils from St Mary's College, Arklow, looked at the nutritional benefits of cows' milk and other milks on the market.
Their survey showed that 5pc of people they surveyed drank alternatives to cows' milk and 30pc thought that alternative milks are healthier than cows' milk.
"There is a message out there that alternative milks are better than cows' milk and we wanted to see if it is," said Rachel Bentley.
For their project, they engaged with Teagasc Moorepark and tested 400 samples of milk and milk alternatives for protein, fat and lactose.
The three, Rachel Bentley, Aoife Lancaster and Niamh Brannigan (pictured above), found that whole cows' milk had greater amounts of fat, protein and lactose than lower fat milk or milk alternatives.
"The milk you drink depends on the nutrients you want more or less of. From the results...we found that cows' milk is more nutritious than alternatives such as soya or almond. Alternative milks are much lower in fat and protein so therefore unless for dietary requirements there is no benefit to drinking alternative milks."
"Their report also states that they believe that raw milk is best as nothing is added and there are no nutrients lost. However, there is the debate about unpasturised milk being dangerous. After raw milk, whole milk is best."