Oat Milk Is the New Milk Crave! Here Is Why It Gets Nutritionists’ Approval
Not too long ago, the only milk we associated with our teas and coffees was cow milk. However, the 21st Century ushered in a greater awareness of plant-based kinds of milk ranging from flax milk, soy milk, pea milk, cashew milk, and almond.
Indeed, these non-dairy kinds of milk continue rising in popularity as more consumers eliminate milk from animals from their diet.
That being said, the latest rave currently hitting the plant-based milk fraternity is oat milk. Indeed, oat milk is more full-bodied, frothier, and has a similar taste and texture to that of our good old natural cow milk.
Which begs the question; what exactly is oat milk? Is it a healthier alternative to our animal milk? All these, plus more questions will be answered shortly.
Definition of Oat Milk
In simple terms, oat milk is a dairy free alternative to milk that is sourced from oats.
According to exercise psychologist Jim White, in its basic and purest form, oat milk is made by blending oats together with water, about ¾ cups of water with one cup of oat. Additionally, some brands go the extra mile by fortifying their oat milk with minerals and vitamins.
Moreover, it’s pretty common to see some oat milk options blended with preservatives, sugars, and salts, as well as fillers.
What Are the Benefits of Taking Oat Milk?
According to RDN Keri Gans, oat milk is amazing from a nutritional perspective primarily because one cup of oat milk that goes for about $6 constitutes 120 calories, 7 grams of sugar, 5 grams of total fat, 2grams of fiber, and 16 grams of carbohydrates.
Indeed, the 3 grams of protein is in about 8 ounces per serving. This means that oat milk has a higher protein intake per serving as compared to other milk alternatives such as rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and almond milk.
Oat milk has one of the highest fiber content for a healthy heart as compared to any other milk-based products. Indeed, it has 1% more fiber when compared to cow milk (which by the way has no fiber at all).
Fiber is extremely important when it comes to certain health benefits such as encouraging healthy bowel movements, binding of cholesterol, and blood glucose regulation. Other benefits of oat milk are that it provides you with one-third of your glucan intake.
Glucan intake is an important sugar that provides us with our daily intake of calcium with every cup we take. Additionally, it provides us about 20% of our recommended vitamin D intake, especially if one opts for the fortified brand.
Extra Information About Oat Milk
That being said, here are some other important pieces of information that one should know about oat milk.
For starters, oat milk has about 120 calories for every serving as compared to unsweetened soy milk that has about 80 calories, and 1% cow milk that contains about 100 calories.
Moreover, if we consume 16 grams of carbs per serving, it contains a high carb content as compared to other plant-based kinds of milk. This is definitely something to note especially if we are on a keto or low-carb diet.
Apart from this, oat milk is also a great alternative for individuals that suffer from lactose intolerance; especially if they have issues consuming gluten allergies and nuts.
That being said, if one has decided to go the gluten-free option, it is recommended that we first read the brand label to determine whether the product is truly gluten-free.
As a general rule, most oats are gluten-free. However, the issue arises when certain oats are processed in factories that contain gluten.
For example, if one has Celiac disease, it is advised that they first look at the product in question to confirm whether or not it is made with certified gluten-free oats.
Ways in Which We Can Use Gluten
That being said, there are a number of ways in which we can utilize gluten as follows. For starters, thanks to its great taste, it is super-versatile.
Additionally, its thick texture makes it a great option for lattes and coffee. Last but certainly not least, we can cook oat milk in most recipes similar to how we would cook cow milk or plant-based milk.
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