Which type of milk is best for you? – Jonathan J. O’Sullivan & Grace E. Cunningham

Dive into the most popular milks— dairy, almond, soy and oat— to find out which is healthiest for you and for the planet.

If you go to the store in search of milk, there are a dizzying number of products to choose from. There’s dairy milk, but also plant-based products such as almond, soy, and oat milks. So which milk is actually best for you? And which uses the fewest resources and produces the least pollution? Jonathan J. O’Sullivan and Grace E. Cunningham dive into some of the most popular milks to find out.

Lesson by Jonathan J. O’Sullivan and Grace E. Cunningham, directed by Anton Bogaty.

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  1. Artineo on October 29, 2020 at 8:00 am

    The milk that’s best for me is the one that’s on sale at the supermarket.

  2. Kelly Tan on October 29, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Dairy, almond, soy, oat?
    Which milk will you coat?
    Potassium, Calcium, or Vitamins?
    Win, or din?
    Milk, milk, milk.

  3. Marin Dugardin on October 29, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Ted Ed , interesting video , but please check your data. 4 km² for a glass of milk .. or 400 ha for a glass of milk … Sounds a bit overboard 😉

  4. Simon Hill on October 29, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Hit the like if you’re in the almond gang

  5. Irene on October 29, 2020 at 8:01 am

    over 75% of soybean crop is being fed to livestock.
    let me say that again.
    over 75% of soybean crop is being fed to livestock.

  6. BigaSs PuMp on October 29, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Milk from best to worst
    Milk from a cow
    Everything else

  7. Aayat Mahdi on October 29, 2020 at 8:02 am

    So if you’re here to know which milk is actually the best for the planet and you, the winner is clearly oat milk!!! Because soy production causes a lot of deforestation

  8. Jasmine Dillard on October 29, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Everyone just drink water….milk is causing hippie wars 😂

  9. Savana Nix on October 29, 2020 at 8:05 am

    I really honestly believe it all depends on what you need. There is no right answer.

  10. Melanie H. on October 29, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Grass fed organic cows milk is the best, don’t compare it to conventional cows milk! governments should only allow the natural diet for animals and ban feeding them corn and soy to fatten them up. Then they stay healthy and don’t need antibiotics. Cows can graze in uneven terrain, where conventional agricultural can’t plant their seeds. Rainforest is also destroyed for palm oil, which is also use like lots of soy in conventional processed foods…read the damn labels!!!

  11. Gustavo on October 29, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Hemp milk is the best

  12. yulls on October 29, 2020 at 8:07 am

    “Soy plantation is the main cause of deflorastation” that’s true but that soy is used mostly to feed cows. A veeeeery small amount of soy production is to feed humans.

  13. Just 8 on October 29, 2020 at 8:07 am

    I love how objective this video is. Great job.

  14. menyhért szabó on October 29, 2020 at 8:09 am

    some sources?

  15. Catseye189 on October 29, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Soy milk gives me diarrhea, almond milk tastes awful, and oat milk is yummy!

  16. Tegan Burns on October 29, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Don’t care about the planet so thank you cows

  17. Muhammad Durrani on October 29, 2020 at 8:12 am

    I don’t understand it. What is making it unsustainable?

  18. William on October 29, 2020 at 8:13 am

    The comparison of cow milk and soy milk is not fair enough. It does seems that the production of cow milk consumes more natural resources than soy milk, but when raising cows, not only cow milk is produced, their skin, meat, bones etc are also valuable products. In another perspective, cow milk is just a by-product of farming cows.

  19. Funnest Gecko on October 29, 2020 at 8:15 am

    I’ve been drinking dairy milk my entire life. Though now I’m curious to try oat milk.

  20. L T on October 29, 2020 at 8:15 am

    What about coconut milk? I’m surprised it’s left out of the video.

  21. SektundSchnee on October 29, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Well, in fact only one of these products is milk. The writers haven’t considered all of the actual cost to the environment embedded in producing the crops used as the basis of these milk substitutes. Nor have they provided any contextual information regarding the production of the vitamin and mineral supplements added to such products and the consequences, environmental and physiological. Further, to suggest that oats and almonds don’t need land to be cleared is only one piece of misinformation here; the researchers have omitted that in some regions where these two crops are grown, the cost to water resources is immensely damaging to the environment. This presentation is fraught, to say the very least. 🤨

  22. Ilpo Surokivi on October 29, 2020 at 8:17 am

    The biggest problem being that that plant based ones cost like 3 times as much as dairy milk and me not wanting to spend that much money on milk when the cheapest option is that cheap. Burping and farting cows mentioned 😀 LMAO How much greenhouse gases does an average human fart and burp in a year 😛 lol

  23. Tatiana Martino on October 29, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Cashew milk is the best, and resembles closest to cow milk out of all other plant milks I ever tried. Give it a try.

  24. Jake Matthison on October 29, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Pea milk! Easily the best for the environment and filled with protein and nutrients.

  25. Adam Briles on October 29, 2020 at 8:19 am

    the large majority of water quoted to produce cow’s milk or beef is precipitation that would fall whether there are cows there or not, not water diverted for them to drink. why no mention of the water and energy inputs used to make synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to grow oats and soy beans. not to mention the pollution caused by fertilizer and pesticide runoff into to the environment.

  26. Nima Bahrehdar on October 29, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Did you take into account all the additives and flavors added to plant-based milk? Imo, that is a biggest drawback to use them

  27. Atilliator on October 29, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Fun fact: Dairy milk contains estrogen, Soy milk does not.

  28. FurryEskimo on October 29, 2020 at 8:22 am

    I’ve tried multiple alternatives to milk, and personally I really disliked almond milk, but oat milk was surprisingly good! It basically tasted like milk, after you’ve had your morning cereal in it.

  29. Steve thecat on October 29, 2020 at 8:24 am

    What’s best for you? How about anything except dairy!

  30. Muhammad Durrani on October 29, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Mustafa’s farm milk is all what we need.

  31. Kaiden Hall on October 29, 2020 at 8:27 am

    I like coconut milk straight from the coconut and then with the coconut ( which obviously has no milk left) I give to my dog who the chews on it

  32. RhrarhR RR on October 29, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Fun fact. Everything that doesn’t come from a cow is illegal to call milk in the Netherlands. It is called a soja drink because they aren’t the same as milk.

  33. Butty Object on October 29, 2020 at 8:27 am


  34. Zabeer Farid on October 29, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Chidi would be proud

  35. HeyRyanIsOnX on October 29, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Hmm definitely going to give soy & oat a serious try! Thanks ted-ed ❤️

  36. Priya on October 29, 2020 at 8:36 am

    I know only one kind of milk in my entire life— *MILK*

  37. flex kyle on October 29, 2020 at 8:37 am

    alright… why is the milk not in a fridge

  38. Donny T on October 29, 2020 at 8:41 am

    I’m disappointed that the hormonal influence of cow’s milk was not touched upon.

  39. Adil Shams Ansari on October 29, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Oat won😂

  40. Kim Bronius on October 29, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Dairy milk is for baby cows not humans……..we stop drinking milk from our mothers around one years of age. We don’t need baby cow growth serum, you already got your growth serum from your mother and she doesn’t produce milk for you anymore….think about it. Oh and 80% of soy grown gets feed to animals anyways……logic!

  41. Shazamin Shahrani on October 29, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Each glass of milk equates to 1/2 kg of farts. I concur.

  42. Fellow Templar on October 29, 2020 at 8:46 am

    I miss times when there were only two genders and one type of milk. Do people really need to complicate every aspect of their life?

  43. ZBS on October 29, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Damn Dairy Milk is terrible for the environment and the cows. Makes me think about switching to Oat Milk but how does oat Milk taste? I like oats and milk

  44. Randy Hanson on October 29, 2020 at 8:48 am

    4 square km to produce 1 glass of milk????!!! 1 cow produces roughly 5 gallons of milk a day (it’s more but 5 is easy to work with)

    so one herd of 100 dairy cows needs … um 5 x100x 4 .. 2000km per day…

    wisconsin has 1 million dairy cows (it’s more but..easy math) 4km x 1m cows = 4million Km

    but wisconsin is only 100,000 km in size.

    Are the cows hyperdimensional beings?

    This claim makes no sense.

  45. Art Heart on October 29, 2020 at 8:50 am

    My personal favourites are oat and dairy. The other ones are OK though.

  46. iiGoodVibes on October 29, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I have to watch this for school

  47. Six Million on October 29, 2020 at 8:51 am

    This is such Bullsh*

  48. El güero on October 29, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I can give up milk no problem. But after decades in French kitchens I have a butter dependency

  49. Julian Bordas on October 29, 2020 at 8:54 am

    If is not from an animal, it is not milk!

  50. Eric Wintczak on October 29, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Environmentally friendly replacement for almond milk = Coconut milk.
    Too much soy in a diet can cause estrogen imbalance. That extra fiber in oats can cause some people indigestion and gas.

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