What's the Hype Behind Oat Milk?
By Alexis Mills
Oat milk has been popping up everywhere and it seems to be the year of oat milk. With all of the different milk alternatives out there, it's interesting to see what the hype is behind oat milk and why it has become so popular.
What's Behind Oat Milk?
Oat milk, originally from Sweden, has been around for about 25 years. It is a simple blend of oats soaked in water. It has recently become available in different varieties around the world. Although there are different types, they all provide similar nutrition; one cup of oat milk provides 36 percent of daily recommended calcium, 10 percent of daily recommended Vitamin A, and 10 percent of daily recommended iron.
So for people who are anemic or eat diets such as vegetarian and vegan, oat milk is a great option to get proper iron intake. As far as other nutritional facts of oat milk, it is low in fat with only 2.5 grams of healthy fats and has no cholesterol. It is higher in calories compared to almond and skim milk, but actually is similar to the number of calories in 1 or 2 percent milk. What really makes oat milk shine compared to other alternatives is that it provides a little fiber.
What Makes It So Popular?
For individuals who are lactose intolerant or resistant, oat milk is a great option and the one that is closest to resembling actual cow's milk. It has a full-body and flavor that other non-dairy drinks -- such as almond, coconut, and soy -- don't have. The creaminess is what makes this one of the most popular alternative milk choices across America. It's also much more of a sustainable option than other nut-based milks that require a lot of resources to grow and process.
How to Incorporate Oat Milk in Your Diet
You can use oat milk whenever you would normally use regular milk. It's a great addition to your favorite coffee drinks, such as lattes or cappuccinos, because it does give it a nice think, creamy consistency. You can use oat milk in your baking, smoothies, creamy soups, casseroles, pancakes, waffles, mashed potatoes. Or even just drink the oat milk straight for an immediate source of energy.
When it comes down to it, oat milk is undeniably delicious and a great addition to your diet by either buying a pre-packaged version or making your own at home.
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