Nutritional Content and Health Profile of Single-Serve Non-Dairy Plant-Based Beverages
A growing number of people are seeking a non-dairy plant-based beverage both for their personal health, and for the health of the planet. The aim of this study was to conduct a cross-sectional survey of single-serve plant-based beverages to assess their nutritional content and health profile. A total of 51 non-dairy plant-based beverages were analyzed from the nutrition label listed on the commercial package. The various beverages contained extracts of soy ( = 14), almonds ( = 13), oats ( = 12), peas ( = 7), banana ( = 2), coconut ( = 2), and rice ( = 1). Almost one-half (45%) of the single-serve beverages had 5 g or more of protein/serving. A total of 75% and 65% of the single-serve beverages had calcium and vitamin B12 levels, respectively, fortified to at least 20% of the Daily Value (DV), while only 28% had vitamin D fortification at the 20% DV level. Two-thirds of the single-serve beverages had high sugar levels, while 39% were low in sodium, 63% were low in fat, and 96% were low in saturated fat. The single-serve plant-based beverages had more protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and sugar but less fat than the non-dairy, multi-serve plant-based beverages/ serving. A limited number of single-serve beverages met the requirements of school meal programs.
Craig, Winston J.; Brothers, Cecilia J.; and Mangels, Reed, "Nutritional Content and Health Profile of Single-Serve Non-Dairy Plant-Based Beverages" (2021). LLU Faculty Publications. 412.