When it comes to lactose-free milk products, the shelves at local supermarkets are full of more options than ever before. From soy to rice to nut milk and more, many people today are opting for non-dairy milk to accommodate allergies, vegan lifestyles, or to target specific health concerns. Whatever the reason, selecting the right non-dairy milk might be challenging with all available choices.
Another option that is growing in popularity is oat milk. Oat milk is non-dairy milk that is made from oats. It is a popular milk alternative for lactose-intolerant people or those with a dairy allergy. Oat milk is high in fiber, contains antioxidants, and is gluten-free. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals and contains a small amount of protein.
While there are several types of oat milk on the market today, it is most commonly made by blending oats and water until it becomes a smooth liquid. Additionally, some thickening agents and oils are typically added to give oat milk a texture similar to traditional milk. Some brands also have added sweeteners. In some cases, fortifiers are added to increase the nutrients.
For example, Strive Nutrition has partnered with food technology company Perfect Day to add an animal-free milk protein to Strive Oat+Protein oat milk. The new milk protein is animal-free and replicates conventional milk’s taste, texture, and functional characteristics like whipping and frothing. Strive Oat+Protein can provide consumers with an oat milk option that tastes great and with the same quality and quantity of protein as traditional milk.
Oat milk is a good substitute for cow’s milk in most recipes, and it can be used in smoothies, coffee, cereal, and baking recipes. However, deciding between oat milk and all of the other plant-based milk on the market can be tricky. Let’s take a closer look at how oat milk compares to other non-dairy milk products.
Oat milk is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly. Oat milk is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin E. It also contains minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Oat milk is low in fat and calories, making it a good choice for those looking for a healthy, dairy-free milk alternative. Oat milk is also a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect the body from disease. Some people find that oat milk helps to regulate blood sugar levels, making it a good choice for people with diabetes or prediabetes. Oat milk is also thought to be beneficial for heart health.
In general, oat milk has slightly more fiber and protein than other non-dairy options like almond, soy, and rice milk. However, like other plant-based products, oat milk doesn’t have as much protein as traditional cow’s milk. It also contains incomplete proteins that lack some of the essential amino acids your body needs. As discussed, many manufacturers add fortifiers to oat milk and all other plant-based products to boost the nutritional value.
Strive Oat+Protein milk is enriched with Perfect Day animal-free whey protein that is identical to the protein in cow’s milk. The animal-free whey protein in Strive is a higher-quality protein and delivers higher levels of the nine essential amino acids than other plant-based milk.
Aside from health incentives and aversions to animal-based products, many people must consume non-dairy milk due to food allergies. Most alternative milk products are better for dairy-free people who are lactose intolerant. Soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk are some of the most popular dairy alternatives for milk. However, they can also trigger certain allergies. Those with a tree nut allergy must avoid cashew or almond milk. Soy milk is also not acceptable for those with an allergy to soy protein.
Oat milk, however, is a great dairy-free and lactose-free option that is also soy- and nut-free. Oat milk is also gluten-free and can be a great choice for someone with dietary restrictions or food sensitivities. Oat milk is among the least allergenic non-dairy milk products.
Strive Oat Milk + Protein is a great alternative for many types of diets and sensitivities. However, while the added animal-free whey protein from Perfect Day is lactose-free, it is identical to the whey protein found in cow’s milk. As a result, products containing this alternative might not be suitable for those with milk allergies.
If you’re looking for milk products to drink or use in things like breakfast cereal, you’ll want to consider taste first and foremost. However, if you are looking for a non-dairy substitute for cooking and baking, you also want to consider texture and versatility. Some plant-based products tend to be thinner or more watery due to the manufacturing processes. While this is fine for drinking or mixing with cereal, it might not work as well with baking or cooking. Additionally, many people have found that soy milk can have a “green flavor” when cooked. This might also be an issue in some dishes or baked goods.
In general, oat milk has a more neutral flavor, making it suitable for all kinds of recipes. Depending on the brand of oat milk, you can also find products that are creamier and thicker than some other alternative milk products. Oat milk can be used in various kinds of cooking and baking and can function similarly to regular cow’s milk. Because oat products can sometimes seem naturally sweeter, oats work really well in baked items and things like pancakes, waffles, shakes, and smoothies.
As discussed, Strive Oat+Protein contains an animal-free whey protein identical to that found in traditional cow’s milk. That’s part of what gives Strive its creamier, silkier texture much like regular milk that allows the product to whip, foam, blend, and cook just like traditional cow’s milk. Additionally, Strive Oat+Protein uses high oleic sunflower oil to give it the mouthfeel and texture of milk fat. High oleic sunflower oil is a natural antioxidant and great for the body’s defenses and immune system strength.
Oat milk has become a very popular milk alternative product in many markets. Boasting slightly higher nutrition levels and a smooth, neutral taste, oat milk products are very versatile. Oat milk is also low in allergens and great for those with dietary restrictions and food sensitivities. Given the sustainable nature of oats, compared to almonds or cashews, oat milk also ranks highly with more eco-conscious consumers.
Strive Nutrition Corp. is a sustainable nutritional beverage company on a mission to make things simpler, healthier, and better for the planet. Strive Oat+Protein incorporates animal-free whey protein that offers three times more protein and 40 percent less sugar than the leading oat milk brand, plus a creamier, silkier, more satisfying taste.
Alternative milk products are becoming more and more popular as people look for dairy-free and vegan-friendly options. There are several reasons why people might choose to drink alternative milk.
Whey protein is a dairy product obtained from cow's milk. It's found in the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds during the cheese-making process.