Watch any patient of yours inquire about the latest alt-milk trend out there: oat milk. To think that Starbucks added almond milk to its menu, and that caused waves of cheers for all who were lactose intolerant. The question everyone may have about the demand for oat milk climbing to the 1.25K% marker is this: is it worth using over other milk products? According to an online health coach, that depends.
What Your Patients Need to Know About Oat Milk
While it may have the same protein benefits as other alt-milks and dairy, oat milk isn’t without its downsides. With the testing of oats out there, glyphosates are common. That’s something your patients most likely won’t want in their diet.
However, since 2015, one source at Oatly -- the leader in oat milk production -- has claimed that they brand their sources from Grain Millers, a provider who since 2015 specifically requires their farmers to not use glyphosate. Consider that reassurance.
The major reason, though, why many flock to oat milk like it’s the next antidote is how it operates within the coffee industry: this is an alt-milk surprisingly creamy, steaming quite well in a hot cup of jo. That’s lovely to a coffee aficionado, and therefore, opens the floodgates to a plethora of possibilities:
- Salad Dressing
- Even Ice Cream (It Would Be Called “Nice Cream”)
We’re already associating the goodness of this oat milk with the goodness of breakfast early in the morning, high in fiber and rich in nutrients -- and all of that without the fat content. When there was a time that whole milk was frowned upon, we now live in an age where oat milk can sit front and center as dairy alternatives push the US population to a 60% metric of those reducing their animal product consumption on the daily.
We’re Honestly Thinking It’s a Welcome Trend
This is especially the case for those who can’t drink dairy. Perhaps almond milk, macadamia milk, and those other “types” of milk won’t cut it for you at all, because it won’t froth up or give you the same thick, rich bechamel that you enjoy in your cuisine. Oat milk might change all that, revolutionizing the food industry beyond that of the barista. Your patients will ask. As an online health coach would say: give it a shot, in moderation, and if you like it, keep it!