Is Oat Milk Healthier Than Regular Milk?

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

In addition to writing for Fill Your Plate, I also work full-time at a local coffee shop. I always find it interesting to see each customer’s coffee order, as some like it nice and basic, while others create quite an elaborate drink with all their different flavor and milk additives. One coffee additive that I’ve noticed is incredibly popular nowadays is oat milk. While it’s obviously not truly milk, it’s plant-based and dairy-free, making it great for those with food sensitivities. But just because it is plant-based and dairy-free doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthier than regular milk.

According to registered dieticians Suzanne Fisher and Trista Best, besides being a great option for those with diet restrictions, it is also very high in fiber and is cholesterol-free. However, it is significantly lacking in protein content, especially when compared to regular milk and other alternative milks such as flax milk. Also, depending on the brand, some oat milks are full of excess oils and sugars.

With that being said, there is nothing wrong with consuming oat milk at all. It is just important to keep in mind that just because it is plant-based, dairy-free, and trendy doesn’t make it automatically healthier. If you do choose to use oat milk, make sure to keep an eye on the nutritional label to ensure that you’re avoiding the kinds with unhealthy additives!

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