By Emma Safran (A&E Editor).

Statistically, Massachusetts consumes among the most ice cream in the country, but with thousands cutting out dairy, this may soon change.

According to Daily Mail, “The non-dairy market has grown 155% over the last two years.” This is likely due to a decrease in cow milk consumption when Discover Magazine released in article arguing that drinking too much milk can kill you.

However, Health magazine disproved this notion in 2016, the number of milk drinkers were still dwindling, replaced with vegans, the health conscious, and lactose intolerants.

Popular ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, noticed the need for a new market of dairy free ice cream, and took to creating 4 new flavors made with almond milk.

The flavors are some of the company’s most popular; Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and PB & Cookies. Besides being sans dairy, the products are also certified vegan, kosher, made with Fairtrade ingredients, and non GMO.

Many students are excited to try the new batches of their favorite treat. Senior Shafali Reddy says, “I would love to eat the dairy free ice cream because it supposedly has the same taste as the dairy versions, so I’m getting the same benefits as normal ice cream but I don’t have to deal with the effects of dairy hormones.”

Reddy is referring to the Center for Nutrition Studies report that argues that dairy hormones raise risks for ovarian cancer, acne, and can trigger type 1 diabetes.

“I used to be vegan, and even though I’m not anymore, I never felt better than I did when I was dairy free,” says Reddy “I would be excited to try this.”

“I think this is a great thing because it creates another option for lactose intolerant people so they can enjoy the perks of ice cream without having to worry about stomach issues” says senior Marni Heitin.

Both girls agree that even if you are not lactose intolerant, you should still try these dairy free alternatives because they are a healthier option for everyone. The New York Post reports the new ice cream to be just as good as the real thing, except much less calories and fat. They rated PB & Cookies to be the best flavor, coming in strong with a 9/10.

“I love ice cream, but I run track and I heard that milk can slow you down. I think this is a perfect option for me,” said senior Sydney Mayo.

The ice cream comes loaded with toppings and rich flavor for about $4 a pint at your local grocery store.

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