Plant based milks becoming more and more mainstream, and steadily gaining popularity. For anyone with a dairy intolerance, this is a game changer. And for those who are avoiding or limiting dairy, these are great options. People often ask me, “Is almond or oat milk better?”. Not a simple answer — there are pros and cons to each.
Both milks are “fortified” and contain more calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D than cow’s milk. (A little known fact! You do NOT need dairy to reach your calcium needs!) However, oat and almond milk both have only 1g of protein, while cow’s milk has 8g protein in 1 cup. Certainly not a deal breaker, just be sure to get your calcium from other sources when using plant based milk.
If you have a nut allergy, you definitely want to choose oat milk, and if you are avoiding carbs, you should choose almond milk. On the downside, it requires 6,000 liters of water to make 1 liter of almond milk (!), which is detrimental for the planet, and an environmental disaster during a heat wave! Almond milk has half the calories of oat milk, and slightly less sugar too (7g vs. 9g). But I recommend that you choose unsweetened for both, as the flavored milks can have as much as 17g sugar per cup.
So what should you do? Use the milk you like better — they both work well with smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, or over cereal. You will not miss dairy!