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About oat milk

Oat milk is a nutritious plant-based milk made from whole groats or steel-cut oats, which are groats that have been toasted and cut into smaller bits by steel blades. The commercial production of oat milk basically involves milling down the oats or groats into flour, which is then soaked in hot water of around 140 degrees to extract the most nutrients possible. To prevent the milk from gelatinizing, enzymes called amylases are added at this stage on the process since they help to break down the starches in the oats.

Once the milk is ready, manufacturers may choose to add vitamins and minerals, such as calcium phosphate, to make the oat milk even more healthy. However, oats on their own are already a rich source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, as opposed to many other grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley, oats are gluten-free.

Oats milk has an oatmeal-like flavor and a creamy texture. Apart from functioning as a milk alternative, oat milk makes ice creams, yogurt, coffee creamer, and chocolate. It is the perfect product for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. What's more, oat milk is also a more environmentally friendly product than cow's milk or most other plant-based milk products because growing oats requires fewer land and water resources.

Humans have long used plant milk. The Native Americans, for instance, are known to have made milk and infant formula from nuts. In Europe and Asia, almond milk is an ingredient that pops up in 13th-century recipes from the Levant, while soy milk was used in 14th century China. Oat milk, however, is a relative newcomer to the plant-milk family, as it was only developed in the 1990s by a Swedish scientist.

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FAQs About Oat Milk

Groats are simply de-hulled oats. Only the outer husk of oats is removed through the process of milling, which means that groats are intact forms of the grain. Since making groats involves minimal processing, they still contain loads of vitamins and minerals.

Oat milk is a healthy alternative if you're looking to replace cow's milk. Apart from being gluten- and lactose-free, the milk is a rich source of a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease. Beta-glucan is also known for providing relief for skin conditions such as eczema and radiation therapy burns. 

In addition, oat milk provides a significant amount of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones, and vitamin D, which your body needs to absorb calcium, magnesium, and phosphate properly. Oat milk also provides thiamin, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.

Yes, you can. Simply add a cup of rolled oats, three to four cups of water, salt, and a bit of vanilla extract to a high-speed blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Take care not to over-blend the mixture since it will become slimy. Place a cheesecloth or a fine towel over a mixing bowl and pour the mixture onto the cloth. Transfer the strained liquid into a sealed container, place it in the fridge, and use it within five days.
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