Take a straw poll in any household and you’ll most likely find that milk is treated as a staple in every kitchen. Thankfully for consumers, there's plenty to choose from when it comes to sating that desire for a thick, creamy beverage. Aside from dairy, there’s also coconut milk, soy milk, rice milk and various nut milks for those that prefer a lactose-free and plant-based option. However, a new contender threatens to upset the status quo.
Oat milk has become the new darling in the health food scene thanks to its delightful taste and nutrient profile. Aside from being a nut-free and dairy-free milk alternative made from strained oats, oat milk is also significantly lower in fat than most other non-dairy milk varieties while simultaneously being higher in protein and fibre content.
While it's nutrition profile is amazing, oat milk tends to be higher in calories as compared to its plant-based milk counterparts. A cup of oat milk has around 130 calories as compared to almond milk and soy milk, which unsweetened, only has around 30 and 80 calories.
Unfortunately, if you are on a paleo diet, oat milk is off the menu since oats are grains. If you’re a vegetarian, vegan, coeliac or possess non-coeliac gluten sensitivities, or have nut allergies to boot, then oat milk just might be your new best friend. They’re also preferred over nut, coconut and soy milk for use as creamers due to their consistency and texture being the closest to that of cow’s milk.
Interestingly enough, switching over to oat milk is also considered a more sustainable practice. Oats require just one-sixth of the water needed to grow almonds, making the industry much more environmentally friendly especially where water costs are an issue. While it might not be near the top of your list of concerns, there’s certainly more to consider about the benefits of drinking oat milk than what’s immediately obvious. Why not give it a try?