Buy Oat Milk - Dairy-Free – PlantX Canada
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Minor Figures - Oat Milk, 33.8 Oz

C$5.79

Have you ever thought about milking an oat? No? Us neither. But, boy, are we glad someone else did. It's a pretty wacky idea but it has revolutionised the way vegans and non-vegans alike drink their coffees, teas, smoothies, and shakes.

Made from blending oats with water and straining the mix, this simple recipe is the cruelty-free solution that has made our mornings a whole lot better.  Thanks to its rich and creamy oat taste, this milk has surged in popularity, claiming the title of Canada’s second most popular plant-based milk in recent years. 

However, while oat milk has earned its place as a vegan cupboard staple, it is by no means the only plant-based milk option. It stands alongside big players such as soy, almond, rice, and coconut. And, with new plant-based innovations happening all the time, this list is only getting longer.

But, all of this fabulous choice for plant-based diets has one downfall… It is hard to know which milk is right for you! With each milk having its own advantages, from sustainability to health, it can all get a little confusing when you are standing in the supermarket aisle. 

That’s where we come in. Here is everything you need to know about Oat Milk...

What is the history of Oat Milk? 

Believe it or not, a lot of plant-based milks have been around since as early as the 13th century. Oat Milk is different. The Oat alternative was innovated in the 1990s when a Swedish scientist had a bright idea. Rickard Öste came up with the idea of blending oats with water. A few years later he co-founded the Oatly enterprise. The rest is history! Over just a few decades, Öste’s invention has taken off, it has changed our fridges for good, and he has made a lot of vegans very happy. 

Is Oat Milk good for me? 

Thanks to its main ingredient (oats), Oat Milk boasts some wonderful health benefits. 100% whole grain oats are packed with fiber, B vitamins, and minerals which are welcome additions to your daily milk dose. Most Oat Milks currently on the market are fortified with lots of essential nutrients (including Vitamin B12).

The most notable health benefit of Oat Milk is that it contains beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is a soluble fiber that has been researched for its ability to reduce cholesterol levels and help control blood sugar levels. This means it may help reduce the chance of heart disease.

Oatly claims their oat milk contains ⅓ of your daily beta-glucan requirement per 250ml serving - we like those stats! However, if you are looking for a high-protein option, Oat Milk may not be for you. Generally, it contains less protein than Soy Milk, but more protein than other plant-based alternatives such as rice, almond, cashew, and coconut milk. It also may contain more carbohydrates and calories, particularly the sweetened versions, so this must be considered. 

Is Oat Milk good for the environment?

When it comes to environmental impact, Oat Milk has one of the best track records among plant-based milks. Per litre, Oat Milk uses 0.9kg C02e, 0.8 sqm, and 48 litres of water. These numbers are lower than many other plant-based alternatives and much lower than dairy alternatives. Almond Milk, for example, uses much more water than Oat Milk which makes it less sustainable. Another huge plus is that oats can be grown in milder climates, which means they are not linked with deforestation or the destruction of biodiversity. 

What are the different types of Oat Milk? 

While at their base, all Oat Milks contain the same core ingredients, different brands have their own versions of Oat Milk that have slightly different benefits. There are both unsweetened and sweetened versions of Oat Milk that different brands offer, including ‘Barista Editions’ which are often more similar to the sweetened versions, as they are a creamier mix designed to froth up for coffee. To find out more about the differences between each Oat Milk, make sure to read the packets carefully! 

What should I use Oat Milk for? 

Like most plant-based milk, Oat Milk can be used for just about anything you would use dairy milk for. However, unlike most plant-based milk, Oat Milk’s rich and creamy taste sets it apart. This milk is the perfect option if you want a creamy base for anything from coffee to vegan bechamel sauce! Unlike some other plant-based options, it does not have a strong aftertaste or a distinctive flavor. Thanks to this, Oat Milk is one of the most adaptable milks on the market that can be used for everything!

Top Tips for Picking your Milk

When you get to the supermarket, it can be overwhelming picking your perfect milk. Here are some useful hints to help you pick…

Think about what you want from your milk

Do you want to go for the healthiest option, or the most sustainable? Are you looking for an all-rounder or a distinctive taste? Would you prefer low sugars or more vitamins and minerals? Do you have any special dietary requirements? These are all things it is important to think about before you pick your milk. Oat Milk is a great sustainable all-rounder, it has a creamy taste, and it is great for cholesterol levels, but it is not as high in protein as other plant-based milk, so consider if this is exactly what you are after. 

Pay attention to what you are buying

No two Oat Milks are the same. Some may be sweetened, some may be unsweetened. Some may contain gluten, some may be gluten-free. Some may be more expensive, some may be cheap. So, when you are buying your milk, pay attention to the packet to make sure it is exactly what you are after. If you don’t find a brand that is serving what you want, you could even try making it yourself at home. But, we highly doubt that, just check the multiple options on PlantX below.

Taste is everything  - so try a few!

At the end of the day, it all comes down to taste. So, don’t be afraid to buy a few different options to find your favorite. It's great that there are now so many plant-based milks on the market, so it is worth having a good browse to get the perfect milk for you!

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