Oat Milk seems to be popping up everywhere. It is constantly winning over vegans and dairy-free milk drinkers in every demographic, from the coffee shop, to their very own kitchens. But.... how does it match up nutritionally to other milk alternatives. There is pea milk, cashew milk, flaxseed milk, hemp milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, fortified, unsweetened, sweetened, and flavored, how can you choose? Really, it comes down to the taste and what you are looking for in your milk alternative. Oat Milk provides about 3 grams of protein per 1 cup. Almond, rice and coconut milk have 1 gram of protein per 1 cup. Oat Milk has 16 grams of carbs per 1 cup. This may seem high but carbs are a wonderful source of energy, which makes it the perfect ingredient for your pre-workout smoothie. Fiber is not usually found in milk, but Oat Milk has 2 grams per 1 cup. Pea, flax, almond, cashew, hemp, coconut, and soy have 1 gram of fiber or less per 1 cup. Some more winning characteristic of Oat Milk are that it is nut and dairy free. For anyone who may have allergies or intolerances, they can freely drink Oat Milk without worry or discomfort. It is also wonderful for those hoping to lower their saturated fat levels, and it is naturally thick. This means there is no need to add emulsifiers or additives like - xanthan gum, guar gum, or carrageenan. Overall Oat Milk gets a two thumbs up. It is a great alternative to throw into your milk rotation whether you are baking, making smoothies, or enjoying a glass with your favorite sweet treat. It is delicious!
Be Happy and Healthy,
The Grain Market