You must have seen oat milk in a lot of grocery stores. But ever wondered why this milk is gaining so much popularity these days? Well, let us explain you. Oat milk is an amazing dairy-free milk alternative which is made up from oats. It is extremely simple to prepare and nutritious at the same time. Oat milk is made by blending oats and water together and then straining it to create a liquid. Oat milk is also gaining popularity because of its delicious flavor and impressive nutrient profile. It is great for those with certain dietary restrictions or allergies. The milk is naturally free of dairy, lactose, soy, nuts and gluten because the key ingredient – oats are naturally gluten-free. Keep reading to find out some amazing health benefits of oat milk.
Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal said, “While the market is hyped with plant based milk alternatives, there’s the new addition to it with the milk made from steel cut oats soaked in water! Alike nut milk, oat milk too is opted as a good choice for people allergic to dairy (lactose intolerance). Considering oats a healthy addition in one’s diet, oats milk too is a new health friendly option to inculcate in a diet (though isn’t as notorious as whole oats). However, it’s claimed to be fortifies with nutrients like protein, vitamin A, D, calcium, potassium, riboflavin and iron. In addition to it, it consists of soluble fiber called beta-glucans offering multiple heart health benefits.”
Here are some amazing health benefits of oat milk:
- Strengthens bones
Oat milk is now available at many grocery stores and health food markets. This milk is rich in calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D works to enhance the absorption of calcium which further helps in bone health. Both the nutrients help in strengthening the bones.
- Weight loss
Oat milk is relatively low in calories and contains significant amount of proteins and fiber. The two nutrients promote fullness and increase the satiety levels which further help in quick weight loss. You can add this milk to your smoothies.
- Lowers cholesterol
Oats are well-known for their heart-healthy benefits. They help to keep cholesterol levels in check. This is because they contain a type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which has potent cholesterol-lowering properties.
- Boosts immunity
Vitamin D and vitamin A are two nutrients that are essential when it comes to boosting the immunity and warding off illness and infection. The next time you look for foods to enhance your immunity, oat milk should be your first choice. Simply because of the nutritional value of the milk.
- Prevents anemia
Anemia is a serious condition which is characterized by the lack of red blood cells in the body. Anemia is often caused by a lack of certain essential nutrients required for the synthesis of red blood cells, such as iron and vitamin B12. For this reason, in order to increase the intake of iron and other vital nutrients oat milk can be easily to your diet.
(Nmami Agarwal is nutritionist at Nmami Life)