The Truth about Plant Milk
It’s no question that plant milks have become extremely popular throughout the years. Milk is pretty much made out of every nut and seed that exists. But, don’t let that fool you. Just because this “milk” is made out of a plant-forward product does not mean they are all created equally. Which is exactly why we are sharing The Truth about Plant Milk.
Let’s start with the recent fan favorite, oat milk. Oat milk is known for its resemblance to whole milk, it gives the consumer that thick and creamy mouthfeel. It also is full of sugars, calories, oils and most contain glyphosate. A 12 oz glass of oat milk consists of an entire tablespoon of sugar. Imagine adding that to your morning cup of coffee, smoothie, and oatmeal. That is a sugary start to your morning leading to an undoubtable crash later on.
It is also important to note that oats and water alone do not create a creamy texture like you’re finding in many of the leading oat milks on the market. This is why oils and emulsifiers are added. On top of those additives, oat milks are fortified with vitamins A, D, B2, and B12 because they naturally do not contain a substantial amount of nutrients. Other additives, such as glyphosate (aka weed killer) can be found in oat milk which are toxic for the human body. It’s safe to say watch out for the ingredients labels on oat milk beverages.
Another original plant-based milk that has grown in popularity is almond milk. More recently almonds have been feeling the heat due to their environmental impact. It takes 920 gallons to produce 1 gallon of almond milk. The high demand for insatious amounts of water to produce enough almond milk has led to deeper drilling of wells which threatens vital infrastructure and potential earthquakes. Almonds are using 10% of California’s water resources. Almonds are also a strain on our honeybees. Almond trees need to pollinate quite frequently, so with a high demand for almond milk more hives are brought to California each year. Almond trees are sprayed with insecticides and thus this has been harming an already embattled species. These chemicals also end up being strained into the milk product and digested by consumers.
When it comes down to finding a delicious AND nutritious plant-based milk taste is important, but aren't there quality milk alternatives without all the sugars and toxins?
This is why we decided to create a whole plant milk from flaxseed. We keep the flavor profile high, sugars low, and ingredients simple. When it comes to the process of making milk from flaxseed it takes much less water and does not need additives because it flax a natural emulsifier and creates a nice thick mouthfeel all on its own. Also, flax milk is completely allergen free! Allergies to lactose, gluten, and nuts are extremely common, which is why flax is a great alternative to other plant-based milks. Flaxseeds also have a substantial amount of nutrients! They are high in fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are all vital to our diet.