Oat Milk Benefits: A Healthy Alternative? | You Versus Food

Oat Milk Benefits: A Healthy Alternative? | You Versus Food

August 11, 2019 45 By William Morgan


– [Woman] Oak Milk, scene one, take one.
(laughing)
Marker.
(upbeat music)
– Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman,
a registered dietitian in New York City.
And it is my job to help you figure out
what to eat and why.
We’ve loved us some alternative
milk for a while now.
Soy, cashew, almond and coconut milk
have all had their time in
the sun and in our lattes.
There is a new alternative milk in town
and it’s winning our hearts.
Oat milk.
(awing)
In just one year, oak milk
has gone from being served
in 150 coffee shops in the United States
to over 2,000.
Are you cereal?
This is made from oats?
But, before things move too fast,
let’s take a closer look at oat milk
and find out what it’s all ab-oat.
(light music)
Soak oats and water in the
refrigerator overnight,
blend them, strain them and that’s it.
You get oat milk.
Yes!
Wait, I gave a weird thumbs up.
(lively music)
Compared to other alternative
milks, like hemp, flax,
coconut, almond, cashew, rice,
oat milk generally has more protein.
Oat milk has more fiber in
comparison to cow’s milk
and other alternative milks.
Specifically from beta glucan,
a super dietary fiber found
in oats that’s been celebrated
for its cholesterol lowering properties.
You can, beta glucan!
(upbeat music)
If you’re wondering why oat milks
seem just plain creamier
and more delicious,
— Oat my god, this is so creamy! —
I’m sorry, I’m screaming.
That’s the higher carb
count working it’s magic.
Oat milk is generally
higher in carbohydrates
than other alt milks which is
beneficial in providing you
with sustainable fuel
and energy for the day.
♪ Oat, oat, oat, oat, oat, oat, oat ♪
♪ Oat, oat, oat, oat, oat, oat, oat ♪
The carbs are coming
from the oats themselves
but don’t worry, these are the healthy,
slow digesting carbs that help deliver
energizing B vitamins, which
means we can make it to our
seven pm yoga class, no sweat.
Unless it’s hot yoga,
then’s there’s going to be a lot of sweat.
(upbeat music)
Oat milk is not considered a
significant source of protein
compared to traditional cow’s milk.
Some brands fortify their
oat milk with vitamin D
and calcium which help
support bone health,
but cow’s milk has more
nutritional bang for your buck.
And just like with all food products,
before it’s on the table, read the label.
Some varieties sneak in
unnecessary added sugar or oils
like canola oil during
the manufacturing process
to maintain structure and viscosity.
But it’s such a small
percentage added to the beverage
and really shouldn’t deter
you from adding a splash
or two in your coffee, no big deal.
Oats contain a small
percentage of what the haters
like to call the anti-nutrient,
aka, phytic acid.
Phytic acid, are you in here?
I don’t see you.
Why is everyone so afraid of you?
Phytic acid is an active
storage form of phosphorus
typically found in plant
seeds such as legumes, nuts
and oats.
As a whole, the more
phytic acid in the diet,
the harder it is for you body to absorb
other helpful nutrients.
Think of phytic acid
as a stage five clinger
that’s preventing you from
mingling with the hotties.
Which is sups annoying.
Before you chuck your oats out the window,
if you eat a balanced diet,
phytic acid shouldn’t
be a problem for you.
And a small amount of phytic acid
actually has protective
effects for our heart.
Hot tip, if you DIY your own oat milk,
if you soak your oats in water overnight,
it will reduce that phytic acid.
Fret no more.
(upbeat music)
Oat milk has some pretty
nice stuff going for it,
so I think we’re ready to make
it official with oat milk.
(slurping)
Ah.
Mm, delicious.
But I’ll leave you with a
big alt milk disclaimer.
Alt milk has very different
protein, fat and vitamin content
than traditional cow’s milk.
Oat my God, Becky, look at her cup.
(laughing)
Just because it’s considered milk,
people shouldn’t assume
that it holds the same
nutritional value as dairy milk.
But oat milk is a great alternative
for those with a dairy or nut allergy.
Now that we’re all clear on oat milk,
let’s move on to the next question.
Should we be calling
alt milks, milk at all?
Oat juice anyone?
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of You Versus Food.
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Do it!
Peace oat, I’m oat of here.
♪ Oat say can you see ♪
(laughing)
♪ Oat say can you see ♪
Oh my God.
(light music)