News Feature: Animal-Free Casein and Whey- No Way!!!
When people think about veganism, the first question you ask is: Where do vegans get the right amount of animal-free protein?’ Vegans avoid meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, and all other products containing animal-derived additives. If this is the case, where do vegans get animal-free products with the proper amount of nutrition to keep an active and energetic lifestyle?
Protein is the main building block of the body. According to Healthline.com, the body needs 0.8 grams of protein per kg of body weight. That is about 56 grams of protein for an average-sized man and 46 grams of protein for an average woman, sufficient to ensure optimal health conditions.
The good news…
Perfect Day, a food-tech startup company can now make animal-free milk! They use casein and whey (the same protein found in cow’s milk) to produce vegan milk. The company has secured a $300 Million investment to develop its venture. According to Ryan Pandya, co-founder and CEO of Perfect Day in an interview with Businesswire, they are committed to building real change.
He said, “Anyone who’s tried to go vegan knows that you’ll find milk protein in every single aisle of the grocery store—it’s everywhere,” He further said, It’s ubiquitous because it’s extremely nutritional and functional. (source: Fortune.com)
You might be thinking, ‘let’s just buy almond milk or soy milk’. How is this animal-free milk different from other plant-based alternatives to milk? Answer: The ingredients are identical to dairy protein therefore tastes and functions just like ‘regular’ cow’s milk. Isn’t that amazing! No cows used in the process of producing this vegan milk. So, the company is planning to label this as animal-free whey protein (vegan and lactose-free).
The challenge now is to scale production to bring down costs and to find new selling points amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us hope that their product will be available in our grocery stores sooner than later!