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What Are the Benefits of Oat Milk?

Updated February 21, 2017

There are many dairy free substitutes for milk on the market, with the most common being soy milk and rice milk. Oat milk is another milk alternative. Made from oats, water, and sometimes other grains such as barley and brown rice, oat milk has a light texture and mild flavour. It makes a great substitute for low fat or fat free milk, and is very versatile in other dishes, both sweet and savoury.

High Fiber

Oat milk is very high in fibre. Fibre is known to relieve constipation and make stools easier to pass.

Cholesterol Free

Oat milk is cholesterol free and a good option for anyone on a low cholesterol diet.

Lactose Free

Oat milk is lactose free. This makes it a good option for anyone who suffers from any degree of lactose intolerance. Lactose is a sugar found most notably in milk.

Contains Vitamin E

Oat milk contains vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant otherwise known as tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Folic Acid

Oat milk contains folic acid, which is essential to numerous bodily functions and is needed to synthesise and repair DNA. Humans need folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anaemia.

Phytochemicals

Oat milk contains phytochemicals, which are chemical compounds such as beta-carotene that occur naturally in plants and give them flavour, colour, texture, and odour. Many phytochemicals are believed to be beneficial to health, but none are yet established as essential nutrients. See the Resources section of this article for more information on phytochemicals.

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About the Author

Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.