If you’ve been anywhere near a coffee shop lately, you’ve probably heard someone order a coffee “with oat milk” and wondered to yourself, oat milk? Me too. I knew about soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk and milk-milk, but oat milk? It’s time to dig in. What’s up with all these different types of milks?
Traditional milk is still a thing, but consumption has declined greatly since plant/nut-based kinds of milk have arrived on the scene. So, what are the benefits to these kinds of milk?
Almond milk is made by blending almonds or almond butter with water. It’s vegan and totally lactose-free. It’s not protein-rich, but does provide calcium, potassium and vitamins A, D and E. Unsweetened almond milk has the lowest number of calories of all nut milk options.
Like almond milk, coconut milk is made from water and the white flesh of brown coconuts. Coconut milk is good for low-carb diets. Though the milk has no protein is fortified with calcium and vitamins A, B12 and D.
Water and steel cut oats provide the base for oat milk and the calorie count is about the same as regular dairy milk. Oat milk has the most calories of non-dairy milk and 3 grams of protein. The milk is fortified with calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B and D.
Soy milk has the same amount of protein as cow’s milk, but soybeans contain all amino acids. The milk has half the calories, fat and carbohydrates of cow’s milk, too. Soy milk is lactose free.