Have You Switched To A Plant-Based Milk Yet?

It is hard to believe that only a few years ago, oat, almond, or other dairy milk alternatives were almost unheard of in British cafés and restaurants. I remember asking for oat milk and so many times being kindly informed that either it was not available or that soy milk was the only dairy alternative on offer. How times have changed! According to the online publication Perfect Daily Grind, oat milk is now so popular that it is extremely uncommon for a coffee shop not to stock it. In fact, oat milk is now the most popular plant milk in the UK.

How is oat milk made?

Oat milk is a plant-based milk alternative that is made from whole oat grains or oat groats. It is made simply by soaking oats in water, blending them, and then straining the mixture to extract the liquid. It really is that simple. Most oat milk manufacturers add vitamins (e.g. vitamin B12) and minerals to enhance the nutritional profile and other ingredients (e.g. emulsifiers) to make the product more user-friendly and last longer on the shelf. The result is a smooth, slightly sweet milk alternative that has a texture and taste similar to cow’s milk.

What are the different types of oat milk / plant-based milk?

There are several types of oat milk on the UK market. At Wellside, we have a wide range, including regular oat milk, unroasted oat milk, roasted oat milk, barista oat milk, and flavoured oat milk (e.g. chocolate oat milk, mango, and blueberry and blackcurrant). We also have two wonderfully soft and tasty oat milk-based desserts: chocolate hazelnut and vanilla.

Our barista oat milk is extremely popular with coffee lovers because it creates a rich and luxurious textured milk for lattes, flat whites, cappuccinos, and cortados.

Is oat milk better for you than dairy milk?

In the UK and around the world, oat milk has gained popularity because it is viewed as a healthier alternative to dairy milk. There are potential health problems linked to the consumption of dairy milk, including lactose intolerance, impaired bone health, and cancer. Dairy milk also has a higher saturated fat content and has been linked to heart disease. Oat milk is naturally lower in saturated fat than cow’s milk and is often fortified with essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. It is also a good source of fibre, which is important for overall digestive health.

Is oat milk more environmentally sustainable than dairy milk?

Oat milk and plant-based milk is widely viewed as more environmentally friendly and sustainable than dairy milk at all stages. Firstly, the growing of oats typically uses far fewer environmental pollutants and contributes less to worldwide deforestation, compared to the dairy industry. When it comes to the manufacture of oat milk, there is a much lower environmental impact compared to traditional dairy farming because oats require less land water and emit fewer greenhouse gases than dairy cows.

Final words

Oat milk has made a considerable splash in the UK in recent years. The demand for plant-based milk options continues to rise in part because of the taste but also the positive impact on both our health and the environment. If you haven’t made the switch to oat milk in your coffee yet, why not give it a try? Or if hot drinks aren’t your thing, why not try one of our refreshing flavoured oat milk drinks?

Our range of plant-based milks

Elevate your menu with our plant-based milk products designed for the hospitality industry. Perfect for restaurants, hotels, gyms, and schools. Ethical, diverse, and delicious plant-based alternatives redefine dining choices. Sustainable satisfaction, always. Order by contacting us.

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