Perfect Day has created a lactose-free dairy milk that tastes and feels like real milk without the use of cows

Animal-free milk substitutes have been around for decades, made for vegans and lactose-intolerant individuals looking for something to add to their coffee or cereal. However, a new start-up is developing vegan dairy milk, which uses milk proteins combined with sugar, fat, and vitamins from plants—no cows involved whatsoever. Perfect Day claims to have the look, taste, and feel of regular milk, has more nutrients, and no food safety concerns. The product is even eco-friendly, using less land and energy while creating less greenhouse emissions, even using nearly no water.

Ryan Pandya, one of the creators of Perfect Day, explains to Munchies that the process of how the dairy proteins are made without the involvement of cows:

“The way we're doing that is the same way that proteins are made for a million other things today. The way proteins are made for medicine and multivitamins and laundry detergent—even proteins to help clean up stains and stuff—it's all made the same way. Even rennet for vegetarian cheese is made this way. But what struck us was no one was using this incredibly mature technology to make milk proteins and make kinder, greener dairy products. So that's what we decided to do.”

As for the name, it actually comes from cow-milking practices. According to Perusal Gandhi, the other creator: “If you play calming music to dairy cows, they produce more milk. Then they asked the question, ‘Which song produces the most milk?' And one of the top contenders was ‘Perfect Day' by Lou Reed.”

Perfect Day is not currently selling its product, but they hope to release it to the public sometime in 2017. Until then, you may still need to rely on soy milk for a lactose-free option.

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Animal-free milk substitutes have been around for decades, made for vegans and lactose-intolerant individuals looking for something to add to their coffee or cereal. However, a new start-up is developing vegan dairy milk, which uses milk proteins combined with sugar, fat, and vitamins from plants—no cows involved whatsoever. Perfect Day claims to have the look, taste, and feel of regular milk, has more nutrients, and no food safety concerns. The product is even eco-friendly, using less land and energy while creating less greenhouse emissions, even using nearly no water.