Move over kale and coconut water – there are some new food trends ready to take centre stage this year. This week the spotlight is on Pea Milk
What is it?
Almond milk latte, quinoa milk porridge, or a refreshing coconut milk on ice. The market for plant milk has surged in the past few years, expanding beyond the scope of Bondi hipsters and yoga mums. Now peas have joined the party with a company now offering pea milk as a new dairy-free option.
Made from yellow peas, the milk is not only dairy-free but free of any soy, nut and gluten (always check your labels peeps!)
Compared to other dairy-free milks, pea milk is far higher in protein, offering 8 g per serve (240ml), slightly less than skim milk. The absorption rate of the protein will differ, as our body finds it harder to absorb plant-based proteins like those found in pea milk. That being said, it is a better protein profile than almond milk or rice milk, which contain 2g and less than 1g per serve, respectively. The higher protein content in pea milk will lend itself better to making sauces, custards and the like compared to other dairy-free milk.
Ripple (currently the only company producing pea milk) also contains Omega-3 from the algal oil added. Other dairy-free milk don’t generally contain Omega-3 unless added. Your standard moo juice naturally has Omega-3 (with recent research point to organic milk having higher levels).
Unlike some dairy-free milk, this brand of pea milk has calcium added to it, making it a viable alternative for milk (always remember to shake the carton to distribute the calcium before drinking).
Similar to rice milk, pea milk is hypoallergenic; meaning those with allergies to nuts soy or dairy can safely consume it.
- Sugar monster
Unless buying the unsweetened version, it has added sugar in the form of cane sugar, which might be a concern for those trying to cut down on added sugars.
If your interest is piqued, but you don’t live within walking distance of Whole Foods, you may be waiting a while before you can try a pea milk latte, as the brand is only selling in America.
As it is not sold in Australia yet, I couldn’t try it but I will when I see it. I found mixed reviews online, with some finding it chalky and unappealing; others loved the creamy, sweet taste (so who the hell knows!?) The brand is keen to point out it tastes nothing like peas, a guaranteed turn off!
A great dairy-free alternative offering a sound nutritional profile. High in protein, low in fat and a source of calcium and omega-3, it gets the thumbs up from me as an option for those who can’t drink milk. Go for the unsweetened version if you want to cut down on added sugars. Check out my guide for dairy-free milk here.
What do you think? Have you tried it? Would you swap to pea milk?