What’s the Deal with Oat Milk?

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A wide variety of plants are currently used to develop plant-based milk, such as soybeans, almonds, rice, coconut, oats, and peas.  Oat milk is a recently emerging product here in the United States. It is high in β-glucan, and thus has potential benefits for elevating your cholesterol and glucose.  So, what are the potential “benefits” noted about oat milk? It’s fat content is relatively low, with a high amount of unsaturated fatty acids (a moderately “good” fat for your body). It has phytochemical compounds which may play an important role in its antioxidative activities. 

Is Oat Milk Safe for People with Milk Allergies?

Honestly, is oat milk really a good dairy substitute for people who suffer from milk allergies and lactose intolerance?  There is a lot of conflicting research on oat milk.  Here is the data: it has fewer calories and less saturated fat than any kind of cow milk.  Key point though, it contains less protein and definitely significantly more carbohydrates and starches than even skim cow’s milk.  There is approximately the same amount of sodium in cow’s milk as is in oat milk.  The only real plus to oat milk is that it does not contain the top food allergens: dairy, eggs, fish, crustacean, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean.  It is also considered “gluten free”. 

So, if you do not have a blood sugar regulation issue, are not fighting to maintain a stable weight, and are not pre-diabetic or diabetic, and have an allergy that would keep you from opting for a nut-based milk, then oat milk is an ok alternative.  

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