The Truth About Oat Milk

The Truth About Oat Milk

Oat milk has become the plant milk of choice for many. More and more of us are turning away from dairy and choosing plant based alternatives. Oat milk tastes great, is naturally sweet and widely available. Many coffee shops and restaurants have adopted it as their plant milk of choice. But is it really that healthy for us? The truth may not be as clear cut as you might think.

There are two main issues with most widely available oat milks…

IT’S ULTRA PROCESSED

Most oat milks contain a fairly long list of ingredients, some of which you’d probably be surprised to discover. As well as oats and water, many brands also contain thickeners, stabilisers and even oil. Alpro’s oat milk, for example, contains sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is an inflammatory omega 6 fat. Most of us consume far too much omega 6 and nowhere near enough omega 3 which increases inflammation in the body and therefore increases our disease risk and ageing processes. Ultra processed foods (and in this case, drinks) are the biggest contributors to our intake.

This isn’t just the case for oat. Many other non-dairy milks are the same. Alrpo is one of the most widely available brands but most of their products are highly processed and we never recommend them.

IT CONTAINS A SURPRISING AMOUNT OF SUGAR

Most oat milks don’t contain added sugar because oats contain naturally occurring sugars. Whether naturally occurring or added, sugar is sugar. Oat milk typically contains around 3.5g of sugar per 100ml. For context, there are 4g sugar in a teaspoon. A Pret oat latte contains 9.9g sugar which is equivalent to two and a half teaspoons. A grande Starbucks oat latte comes in at 12g (four teaspoons). There are many health conscious people who wouldn’t dream of scooping spoonfuls of sugar into their morning coffees, but many are drinking it unknowingly in their morning lattes.

THE BEST MILK TO CHOOSE

Whichever brand you buy, there’s no avoiding that oat milk contains sugar. If you’re looking to lose weight and optimise your health, the less sugar you consume, the better. If you want to keep your sugar intake to a minimum then choosing a nut based milk is a better option. Here’s an article I wrote on dairy free milk alternatives: A Guide To The Best Dairy Free Milks.

However, if you’re not ready to give up your oat milk, Plenish’s Oat M*lk and Oatly Organic Oat Milk are the best, widely available ones we’ve found.



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

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Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

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INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

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ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

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