Oat milk - what are its health benefits?
Oat milk isn't just easier to digest than cow's milk but it also provides you with more vitamin B. This is an essential vitamin that helps protect and regulate your central nervous system.
Oat “milk” is a light, refreshing option you can consume alone or in combination with fruits or other food. It’s a vegetable drink, obviously, therefore one of the most chosen by vegans or people who are lactose-intolerant.
You can drink it cold or hot, with tea, coffee, and chocolate. In addition, you can use it to make all sorts of meals that require cream and sauces, and also as shakes, smoothies, and desserts.
You can buy it at your local grocery store (some brands even offer presentations with vanilla or chocolate flavoring) or make it yourself at home.
What is oat milk and how do you drink it?
- 6 tbsp of oatmeal
- 4 c. of water
- Firstly, add the oatmeal to a blender glass.
- Then, add the water and blend it into a whitish liquid.
- Strain it using mesh or cloth or a coffee filter.
- Use the liquid as you would milk. You can use the leftovers in pastries and other baked goods.
For a denser consistency, add 1 or 2 more tablespoons of oatmeal. If you prefer it thinner, then add more water to the oatmeal left in the filter.
Sweeten with honey or brown sugar or stevia plant.
While oat milk is very healthy and nutritious, you shouldn’t drink it if you’re gluten intolerant. There are some commercial brands that claim to be suitable for people with this immune reaction.
Benefits of drinking oat milk
These are the main health benefits of drinking oat milk:
- Hydrates the body.
- It helps supplement the diet.
- It’s satiating and easy to digest and you can eat it with many different types of food. It also helps regulate intestinal transit.
Enjoy it at the beginning of the day for breakfast (in your coffee, for example).
It regulates sugar levels
People with diabetes tend to notice improvements in their blood sugar intake when they start drinking oat milk. This is because oats have the ability to control blood sugar levels.
It lowers bad cholesterol
By offering a hefty dose of omega 3 and 6 unsaturated (good) fats, oat milk reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. At the same time, it also helps boost your good cholesterol.
Drinking oat milk a few times a week can even improve your cardiovascular health. It eliminates fat buildup in the walls of your arteries.
It helps with indigestion
Many people who drink cow’s milk have intestinal or stomach problems. That’s because dairy contains substances that are not easy to digest (without even mentioning hormones they give cows so that they produce more milk).
In the case of oat milk, the good news is that your stomach has all the necessary tools to digest it. So, it’s ideal for people who often feel heavy after their meals.
Oat milk helps protect your nervous system
People who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression or any other unbalance in the nervous system can really benefit from the benefits of drinking oat milk. This is because it’s a great source of vitamin B, which has a relaxing effect on your body.
There’s nothing better after a long day full of obligations and problems than having a warm cup of oat milk with honey before bed. So, you can say goodbye to insomnia or any other sleep disorder.
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It helps your muscles and your bones
This plant-based drink has many muscle strengthening proteins. It can even prevent cramps while you’re exercising.
If you spend all day sitting at a desk, it can help reduce the chance of muscle spasms.
It also contains potassium, zinc and magnesium, three of the most important nutrients for bone formation and strengthening. This is why it’s recommended for children and older folk.
Oat milk helps you lose weight
Oat milk can even be a great appetite regulator. So, thanks to its satiating properties, it helps you to avoid binge eating between meals and keeps you away from unhealthy foods.
Oats also prevent liquid retention. In fact, oat milk is much better for losing weight than skim milk because it doesn’t contain fat.
So, will you try oat milk now that you’ve discovered it’s health benefits?
There are some gluten-free alternatives that are just as healthy in your local grocery store. Check out our feature article about almond milk below.