Oat milk is the latest Scandinavian trend that has made its way over to our shores. In the '90s, Swedish scientist Richard Oste was researching sustainable food suitable for those who have lactose intolerance and ended up inventing oat milk.

This nutritious dairy alternative is packed full of minerals and vitamins, as well as calcium and iron. It's a dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, vegan, and often gluten-free way to still enjoy something in your coffee or cereal.


1. What kind of non-dairy milk should I drink?

There can be any number of reasons to choose to drink non-dairy milk. However, just because a kind of milk is vegan, does not necessarily mean that it's good for you or the environment.

Almond milk and cashew milk is obviously off-limits for those with nut allergies. However, they also need huge amounts of water and produce tons of waste. The carbon footprint of coconut milk means that it's not necessarily sustainable. As 94% of the US soy crop is GMO, this means that soy milk can also cause active harm to the environment.

Many kinds of store-bought milk also include additives, such as sugar, guar gum, or carrageenan.

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