At this point, it doesn't really matter if you follow a plant-based diet or not; you have definitely heard about oat milk. Why is it so popular? Here's what you should know.
A few years ago —3, to be precise— you could only find 10 coffee shops across the US that served oat milk. Now, that number is around 3,500. How is this possible? Let's see what's the fuss about.
What exactly is oat milk?
Oat milk is a nutritious, tasty, naturally sweet, and plan-based alternative to cow milk. It is made of blending oats and water to form a thick liquid that is then strained to remove any hard fiber. The industrial version of oat milk has an added enzyme, which helps speed up the breaking down of carbohydrates and that, in turn, helps the product become naturally sweet.
Is it healthy?
Oat milk is an excellent source of nutrients and minerals like proteins, fiber, vitamin B12, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin A, potassium, and iron.
However, as it is made from strained oats, the quantity of these nutrients is less compared to the one you can get from a regular bowl of oats. This is why oat milk is usually enriched with nutrients.
Is it environmentally friendly?
This is probably one of the reasons why oat milk has become so popular: producing it has such a low environmental impact that it makes it one of the most sustainable plant-based kinds of milk around.
If you compare a 200 ml glass of oat milk vs. 200 ml glass of cow milk, you get this: to produce the glass of oat milk, it is required about 0.8 square meters of land and 5 liters of water. The CO2 emission is just under 0.3 kg. To produce a 200 ml glass of cow milk, it is required over 1.5 miles of land and around 120 liters of water. The CO2 emission is a bit over 0.6 kg. Quite a whopping difference!