Oat Milk Nutrition: Facts And Benefits

You don’t have to be lactose intolerant or vegan to enjoy deliciously creamy oat milk in your frothy cappuccino, latte or flat white. This healthy, high-fibre alternative to regular cow’s milk is plant-based, vitamin fortified, and free from common allergens. 

Oat Milk Nutrition: Facts And Benefits
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If you’re not convinced that you should give it a try, here are some facts and benefits that may well sway your opinion…

The Nutrition Facts:

Oat milk is made from 100% whole grain, and is a vegan, lactose-free, soy-free and nut-fee alternative to regular dairy milk.

It’s nutritionally dense, and fortified with A, D, B2, and B12 vitamins.

Unlike cow’s milk, which contains saturated fats, oaty milk is unsaturated and contains zero fatty acids and trans fats.

It has a higher protein profile than other plant-based milks, including almond, cashew, coconut, and rice alternatives. Of the alternative milks, oat’s taste is most like regular diary.

Milk made of oats is thicker and naturally sweeter.

Super versatile oat plant-based milk makes an excellent alternative to calorie-laden cream in dishes like soups, sauces, gratins and puddings. It’s also a perfect ingredient to add to your cakes, muffins and other baked goods.

Not forgetting, of course, that it also makes great nutrient-rich smoothies, and coffee and hot chocolate beverages.

The Many Benefits:

• Good Dietary Fibre

Oat milk is a great source of vitamin B, which is often lacking in vegan diets. It’s fortified with vitamin B2 and vitamin B12, which are fundamental for our brain, blood and nerve cells, and for helping to generate energy from the foods that we consume.

• Less Cholesterol Absorption 

Oat plant-based milk provides around one-third of our recommended daily intake of beta-glucan, which can help to reduce cholesterol absorption. 

Consuming foods that contain the beta-glucan fibre also help to promote good gut health, and can assist in maintaining blood sugar control.

• Improves Heart Health

Due to the reduction of cholesterol absorption, the risk of developing heart disease is also decreased.

• Promotes Good Bone Health

Maintaining healthy bones no longer means that you have to drink a glass of cow’s milk or munch on a chunk of cheese every day. You can get your daily dose of calcium (plus added vitamin D, potassium and magnesium) from milk that is made of oats.

• Beauty Perks

Not all benefits are internal.

This plant-based milk boasts antioxidant properties that are beneficial in protecting the skin from UV rays, pollution and free radical damage, and general wear and tear. 

As oats are humectant (a substance that hydrates skin, hair and nails), drinking this milk can have a positive impact on reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, and encouraging cellular repair.

The B vitamins in oats help to make hair and nails stronger and shinier, as well as boosting growth. 

• Curbs Snack Cravings

The rich fibre content of oat milk makes you feel fuller for longer - lessening your cravings for mid-morning or afternoon snacks.

• Makes A Great Cappuccino

The high carbohydrate content of this creamy consistency, plant-based milk means that you can enjoy a cappuccino that is fabulously frothy.

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