Dairy-free drinks are often touted as a healthy substitute for regular milk. Picture: Pexels

Dairy-free drinks are often touted as a healthy substitute for regular milk.

But the products can contain more than double the calories, 30 times the fat and more sugar than cow’s milk, research has found. The growing trend for dairy-free lifestyles has seen a surge in the range of flavoured milks such as almond or hemp.

But customers are not just paying more - they are not doing their bodies any favours.

A grande oat latte from Starbucks contains 22.8g of sugar - 6g more than the same drink made with skimmed milk. It also has more than twice the number of calories - 269 compared with 128 - and 30 times the amount of fat.

And a coconut latte from the same vendor contains 9.9g of fat compared to 0.3g in a skimmed milk version - as well as 22 more calories.

At Costa a medium soy latte contains 6g of fat - more than six times that of a medium skimmed milk latte - and 134 calories compared with 103 in the milk option. Representatives of Costa and Starbucks made no comment. 

 Daily Mail