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What's the Deal with Oat Milk?

By Sara Butler

It wasn't that long ago that the only source of milk for your morning cup of coffee came from a cow. Now there are all kinds of plant-based milks on the market. You've got your cashew milk, your almond milk, your soy milk, and now -- oat milk! What is it and is it even good for you? Here's what you need to know about this latest milky trend.

Oat Milk: What is it?

Oat milk is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: dairy-free milk made from oats. No, oats can't be milked per se, but they can be blended with water and strained to create oat milk.

Many brands fortify the oat milk they sell with minerals and vitamins to make it more nutritious, but you should also be on the lookout for added salt, fillers, sugars, and preservatives in your oat milk.

Is it Healthy?

Oats are good for you, so it stands to reason that oat milk is good for you as well. Nutritionists agree that oat milk is not bad for your health. One cup of oat milk has about 120 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of fat. Oh, and 3 grams of protein is in there too.

That's a higher amount of protein than is found in some other milk alternatives such as coconut milk or rice milk, but it's not as high as the protein found in soy or dairy milk.

What You Should Know

Oat milk is the higher-calorie option of milk alternatives on the market, with about three times as many calories per cup as unsweetened almond milk. It also has a pretty high carbohydrate content. However, it's a great alternative for people who can't have nut milk or dairy -- it's even safe for those with gluten allergies.

How to Use It

You can use oat milk just as you do any other milk, in everything from your morning coffee to your favorite recipe. It's thicker than soy milk, too, which makes it a much easier substitute for dairy in your recipes. Basically, you can use it any way you would use cow's milk or other milk alternatives.

Give oat milk a shot and see what you think. You may be surprised by how much you like it and how much it contributes to your plan for health and wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Weston, Fla.

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