Oat milk is milk made from oats — not a hard name to decipher. But there is something special about oat milk compared to other alternative milks: It’s actually thick and creamy like full-fat cow’s milk, but without the same amount of fat, calories and lactose in dairy milk. Other plant-based milks, such as almond and cashew, tend to be watery or on the verge of flavorless, whereas oat milk is richer in both taste and texture. Oat milk is made by soaking oats in water, blending the mixture and straining the mixture to remove the pulp. Mass-produced oat milk also requires use of food additives to achieve the desired texture and nutritional quality, as well as shelf stability for non-refrigerated versions. Oat milk can be a good choice for people who have lactose intolerance, nut allergies or soy allergies, in which case dairy milk, soy milk and nut milk are off the table.
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