Oat milk is a plant-based milk alternative to animal’s milk that is gaining popularity due to its delicious flavour and nutrient profile. Oat milk is an ideal choice for vegans and people with allergies or gluten intolerances.
It is made by soaking steel-cut oats or rolled oats in water and then blending with water. After which, the liquid is strained through a cheesecloth, resulting in a heavy, foamy type of milk.
As oat milk is made from strained oats, you will miss out a lot of nutrients that you would normally find in oats.
That’s why commercially sold oat milk is fortified with vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, calcium, iron and potassium. Oat milk also contains beta-glucan (a soluble fibre), protein and has a low saturated fat content.
Oat milk is free of allergens found in other types of milk which makes it more unique. Below are the 6 health benefits of this milk:
1. Lowers cholesterol levels
Oat milk contains beta-glucan which helps keep your heart healthy by keeping your cholesterol levels in check. A study found that men with high cholesterol who drank oat milk for five weeks had a significant reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Other noted studies also reported that oat milk was effective in lowering cholesterol levels in healthy subjects.