Of the 20g per day that the average Australian consumes in dairy and meat substitutes, 17g comes from milk alternatives, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The data was uncovered as part of the ABS’ Apparent Consumption of Selected Foodstuffs, Australia, and found that the amount of dairy and meat substitutes purchased from Australian retailers in 2020-21 jumped 14 percent – the same increase that was reported for both 2018-19 and 2019-20.

ABS health statistics spokesperson, Paul Atyeo, said “The per person apparent consumption of dairy and meat substitutes was 20g per day in 2020-21, up a total of 29 percent from 15g per day in 2018-19.”

‘Apparent consumption’ measures the amount of food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased (based on sales data), from the food retail sector in Australia, and doesn’t measure actual consumption.

“About 17g of apparent consumption per person per day came from dairy milk substitutes like soy milk or almond milk. This is equivalent to about half a metric cup per week,” Atyeo said.

“Consumption of dairy milk substitutes rose four grams per day between 2018-19 and 2020-21 mirroring a four grams per day fall in dairy milk over the same two year period,” Atyeo said.

Almond milk has enjoyed a 31 percent increase in apparent consumption in the last two years, while soy milk increased by 16 percent over the same period.

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