With so many different kinds of milk types available on the market it’s almost expected to wonder what they’re good for. You might have looked at almond milk in your local grocers and wondered what it actually was. As a relatively new and popular expansion the alternative milk market might confuse newcomers initially, but is very easy to grasp. And that is what we will be covering in this post.
In this article we will be focusing specifically on oat milk. We’ll provide a simple understanding of what it is and how it is made, in addition to why and when you should switch over to it from regular milk. By the end of this article you will be sufficiently knowledgeable about oat milk and might even consider giving it a try. So let’s begin with what oat milk actually is.
What Is Oat Milk?
Oat milk, much like soy milk, is a type of plant milk. It is derived from whole oat grains with water and then the remaining solid chunks are drained. Quite simple to make, oat milk comes in a variety of different kinds on the market. As with other alternative milk types, oat milk has the option of being unsweetened or vice versa as well. Much like how almond milk has a nutty flavor, oat milk has a distinctive oatmeal-like taste, which some people love to drink. Now we’ll talk about why oat meal is a good alternative to regular milk and why people like to drink it over regular milk.
An Option For Lactose Intolerant People
Like most alternative milk types, one of the biggest selling points of oat milk is that it is an option for those that are lactose intolerant. Nowadays lactose intolerance is merely a nuisance, what with so many other options available. And with oat milk’s rising popularity in bakeries and coffee houses, lactose intolerant people have more and more options opening up to them every day.
Can Be Gluten Free
Maybe you have an allergy and cannot consume gluten. Not to worry; there are a ton of different oat milk brands that are providing gluten free products. Though some oat milk brands have cross-contamination and thus have some gluten present, those that don’t mention it on the product. So you have a milk type that’s delicious, nutritious, and free of gluten, opening up yet more possibilities.
It’s Vegan Friendly
And of course, like most other alternative milk types, oat milk is the way to go for those people that are vegan and do not want to give up milk. With oat milk, you can continue to have your delicious milkshakes and protein shakes while being completely content about the origins of your milk. No reason to give up cereal breakfasts with oat milk by your side.
It’s Just As Nutritious
One of the reasons some people may be turned off of giving oat milk a try is because they might think that oat milk would be lacking in nutrition. Not so; thanks to companies fortifying their alternative milks, you have the option of buying oat milk that has just as much nutrition as regular cow milk. You won’t be lacking in vitamins any time soon if you switch over to oat milk. Furthermore, thanks to having been extracted from oat grains, you receive a lot of the benefits you would normally get from consuming oats. So in some cases it’s actually better for you than regular milk.
Good for Avoiding Heart Disease
Oats are full of a type of fiber named beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is known to reduce cholesterol levels in people. What this means is that if you drink oat milk, there is a high chance that you’ll be lowering your cholesterol levels in the process. And of course, with lower cholesterol comes the benefit of a lower risk of heart disease. Research on just how much comparable the effects are to eating oats however, is still underway.
Less Calories Than Regular Milk
Another major reason to consider oat milk, and most other forms of alternative milk types really, is that it has less calories than regular milk. So if you’re looking for a quick solution to the number of consumed calories in a day without having to make major changes to your diet, switching over to oat milk is a perfectly viable option. This way you can continue to drink your milkshakes and lattes with a sudden drop in daily calorie intake. Do remember to not increase consumption, otherwise you’ll be drinking more milk than before and be right back where you started.
You Won’t Be Lacking In Calcium
If you’re still not convinced, how about this; you’ll still be getting your recommended calcium intake. That’s right, regular milk isn’t the only type of milk that is rich in calcium. Thanks to the fortification we mentioned before, many brands take the liberty of enriching their oat milk with calcium as well as all the other nutrients and vitamins. So if you were worried about weak bones or something, relax, and help yourself to a refreshing glass of delicious creamy oat milk.
It’s Rich In Iron
If you’re vegan and worried about potentially developing anemia, oat milk is the right choice for you. You see, oat milk is also rich in iron in addition to everything else. In fact, just one glass of oat milk is enough to provide you with 10% of the daily recommended intake of iron. So now oat milk is an even more attractive choice out of all the possible alternative milk types, especially for vegans.
And that concludes our post on oat milk, its uses, and its benefits. Convinced yet? Maybe give it a try yourself. Who knows, you might just make the switch based off of the taste alone, seeing as many people can’t bear to stand the taste and smell of regular milk. Interested in learning about another type of alternative milk? We have an article up on almond milk too. Or, if you’re looking for something completely different, here’s our post on the different types of syrups.