By Stacey Shannon
You are probably noticing that little by little oat milk is taking over the world just like other natural energy drinks. Is it just some temporary craze that will fade away, or will oat milk remain an important part of our nutrition in the years to come?
We believe that it’s around to stay! Many people aren’t aware, but oat milk has been around for quite a few years. It gained immense popularity and following more recently because we are witnessing an amazing transformation of our consciousness and the way we take care of our health.
If you are thinking of pouring a glass of oat milk to see what all this is about, we will guide you through what is happening with your body when you decide to drink oat milk daily.
Let’s find out.
Plant-based products are changing our world
Animal products seem to be in the middle of controversies because of ethical – and recently– some health concerns. We all want to live a long, happy and healthy life without hurting our environment or animals. You probably watched that famous Netflix documentary, “A Life on Our Planet’’ by David Attenborough (if not, we highly recommend it).
You know how it will end if we remain on the same path. Switching to plant-based substitutes will save the planet and do wonders for your health as well.
Dairy products are always popular – let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy a glass of milk or a late-night cheese snack? Yet, since our food is contaminated with various allergens sometimes, we need to remove dairy products from our diets since they do more damage to our health instead of benefiting it. There are also ethical concerns.
With the rise of vegan and vegetarian voices, animals are also getting their own voices, and people are starting to listen.
Why do people choose oat milk?
Oat milk has a taste and texture that is the closest to regular cow’s milk. It is naturally sweet, creamy with a beautiful beige tone. Reasons to start incorporating oat milk in your routine are numerous, but we will mention just a few.
- Oat milk is great if you are lactose intolerant or you are suffering from milk allergies.
- You are an avid dieter and follow a restrictive diet.
- Oat milk is an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans because it is free of allergens, gluten, and dairy.
- You want to build muscle mass, and oats are grains that are very rich in protein.
What happens to your body when you start drinking oat milk?
You can make your own oat milk at home or look for oat milk or oat creamer in the nearest store or online. If you decide to make your own oat milk, use steel-cut oats or rolled oats and filtered water.
You can experiment with consistency and texture and add vanilla extract or sweetener of your choice. Commercially manufactured products are enriched with vitamins but make sure that they are certified organic and gluten-free.
By doing so, you can rest assured that you did something good for your body and your health.
Oat milk can help prevent you from developing anemia
Anemia is a very dangerous medical condition that characterizes a lack of red blood cells. Symptoms can be various, but in most cases, fatigue, general weakness, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and pale skin are the most common. If left untreated, anemia can lead to severe problems, such as poor immunity or heart failure.
What causes anemia? The most common cause of anemia is the lack of iron or vitamin B12 in your nutrition. Vegans and vegetarians are at greater risk of getting anemia, so oat milk can be a perfect solution. One glass of oat milk contains enough iron to boost your daily iron intake but make sure to back it up with iron-rich foods such as lentils, spirulina, and dark chocolate. Two glasses of oat milk a day can help keep anemia away.
Oat milk is rich in calcium, so it will help strengthen your bones
Oat milk is very rich in calcium and vitamin D, which are crucial for keeping your bone structure strong. Calcium is important for bone maintenance and bone development. On the other hand, Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and boosts your immune system. Vitamin D is what we get when exposed to sunlight, so for long rainy days, a glass of oat milk can brighten up your day.
For years we thought cow’s milk was a must for children and their bone development. But what happens when kids experience milk allergies? Oat milk is there to save the day because it does not contain any allergens, and lactose intolerant children can enjoy a glass of this creamy and tasty goodness.
People who have osteoporosis are also recommended to increase the intake of oat milk because it helps strengthen their bones. With two glasses of oat milk a day, you are reducing the risk of bone fractures.
Lowering your cholesterol and boosting your natural beauty
Regular consumption of oat milk daily can help with increased fiber intake, protein intake, and a type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is a compound responsible for keeping cholesterol levels in order.
If you consume two glasses of oat milk a day, you can reduce your cholesterol levels by up to 5%. Oat milk is also great for keeping your skin soft and smooth since it is a natural antioxidant. It can help you with reducing skin pigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it will benefit both your health and your beauty.
It can boost your immunity since it is rich in vitamins a and d and help you with preventing some severe autoimmune conditions such are diabetes type 1, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
If you are still not convinced that oat milk can benefit both your beauty and your health, we want to encourage you to try drinking it every day for a month. Try replacing a regular glass of cow’s milk in the morning with a glass of freshly made oat milk or making a healthy smoothie using oat milk as a base. Use oat creamer instead of heavy cream for your coffee.
It won’t break the bank or take up too much time out of your day to think about your health. Once you experience all we mentioned above, we promise that you will keep oat milk in your nutrition.
Plant-based milk substitutes are not going anywhere. People have already seen the benefits of coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, and cashew milk. What milk you will choose depends on your health and fitness needs and goals.
So, let’s start making healthier choices that are great for us and our environment.
About the Author
Stacey is a freelance writer living in Minnesota with her cat, and she’s passionate about yoga, languages, home improvement, and drinking strong coffee. Find her on Twitter @StaceyShann0n
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