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What is pea milk? And why has someone bothered to write a whole post on it?

I bet you have been asking these questions after reading that title.

Well, good news for you, you’re in the right place!

As after trying this plant-based alternative, l have been delving into the details of pea milk nutrition

And you know what?

It made such an impression, l decided to dedicate a whole post solely to the humble pea.

I did write another post ranking 7 other plant-based alternative milks from worst to best.

Read that here

But why didn’t l pea milk when l wrote it? Simply, as l never heard of it.

Now you might be wondering:

  • what is pea milk?

  • is pea milk healthy?
  • why should l try it?

Those are all legitimate questions.

But do not fret!

As with this post, l shall answer all those burning questions and give you the lowdown on the potential but also problems of the pea milk!

Yea, that sounded better in my mind…

The new kid on the block (or shelf)

So, as l mentioned before, pea milk is a product that has been increasingly gaining attention in recently.

Compared to other plant-based sources, like almond or soymilk, for instance, milk sourced from peas is relatively new and largely unknown, unless you’re someone who is allergic to nuts or whose diet is susceptible to being spoilt.

Get it? It’s a spoiled milk joke…

Ok, enough now.

But my point is that unless you’re actively researching and looking out for these specific products, it’s understandable they might be lessened or completely unknown to you.

So, enter pea milk:

  • a vegan,
  • nut-free,
  • soy-free,
  • lactose-free
  • and gluten-free option that doesn’t actually look nor taste of peas

Now there are a vast array of different types of peas out there.

Who knew eh?

But specifically for our and the purposes of this post, it is currently yellow split peas that offer the best nutrients while being most sustainable.

These yellow varients are sourced via various harvesting methods before they are milled to flour and then purified by separating their protein from other less desired or needed ingredients.

Sounds a bit of a pea-staining process if you ask me.

From there, the peas are then combined with additional ingredients to generate a creamy, yet low-calorie and filling product.

Which, will only improve as the industry’s diversity with favours and arrangements continually grow.

How pea milk nutrition compares

But how does pea milk compare?

What about pea milk vs almond milk for instance? 

Much like any nutritional product, there exist trade-offs in one form or another.

That includes the case with non-dairy milk which, while may help with achieving one’s goals in one sense, be that environmental or health-related, may equally cause harm in another.

Take almond as one comparison.

It is relatively well-known now, that despite the nutritional benefits associated with almond, or even the intended environmental benefits by not consuming conventional dairy milk, almond milk is significantly reliant on water for its production, making it heavily wasteful.

Yellow peas, however, do not require this lengthy water soakage. They grow in areas that receive adequate rainfall to grow and produce their own nitrogen, removing any need for artificial input.

Hence this makes pea milk less wasteful.

But the similarities of yellows peas to soybeans?

Equally, when concerning health-benefits, the largest drawback with many plant-based forms of milk is the low amount of protein or even calcium.

Indeed, many of these can possess only 1-2 grams of protein or insufficient levels of B12 – a crucial nutrient for overall wellbeing.

Simply put? They’re non-GMO.

yellow peas are what give the great pea milk nutrition
Yellow split peas vs. soybeans – more to it than it may seem
soybeans loom similar but are very different to yellow peas
Yellow split peas vs. soybeans – more to it than it may seem

But once again, pea milk has both these and more in relative abundance, allowing to act as a genuine, viable alternative.

And, what’s more, while it’s low in calories, it’s a satisfying combination of palatable taste with a rich, creamy texture.

Problems with pea milk

Despite my perhaps biased, but sincere, advocation for pea milk, there are still some things to bear in mind.

Certainly, it is far less common compared to other non-dairy alternatives, making finding places its stocked and so consistently consuming it, a bit of a challenge.

In the US and UK, for instance, the most widely available brand is Ripple.

Coupled to that, some of those currently produced can include:

  • Additional sugar to offset or increase the range of sellable flavours
  • Sunflower oil which if overconsumed can result in chronic conditions – ie being overweight
  • Certain vitamins, like vitamin D2 which is less absorbable than others

That said, each product line varies, and it is key to sample these variations to properly assess whether that product is for you or not.

And so doesn’t undermine pea milk nutrition. 

But equally to keep in mind the costs versus the benefits.

Basically, when making decisions ensure they are informed, and benefit yourself, but not at the expense of the environment. 

Make sense, right?

Takeaways – the potential of the pea

So, there it is. Hopefully, you leave now knowing what is pea milk. 

A post on a promising member to the ever-growing plant-based product community.

pea milk nutrition is one of its biggest factors

But one, l consider, to be a valid option.

And one you must try-out – heck after l did, it is now my favourite plant-based milk!

If you don’t, you never know.

Peas out.

Have you tried pea milk? Or can you think any more pea puns?

Peas let me know in the comments!

Pyotr


40 Comments

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    Pyotr Kurzin · 7 June 2020 at 15:52

    Yes it has been a useful product to try l find!

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Non Stop Family · 10 March 2020 at 10:04

Hi.

I never knew about pea milk. We are searching for alternatives do cow milk, we feel that isn´t the best for our son and, we will trie pea milk, let’s see if it works.

Great post

    Pyotr Kurzin · 10 March 2020 at 20:51

    You’re welcome – l hope the pea milk benefits him.

Kiwi · 10 March 2020 at 08:00

I will be honest I just learned about pea protein but didnt know about pea milk. I am very unsure about the taste but I get the health benefits.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 10 March 2020 at 20:52

    Well you cannot make a judgement until you try it.

SplendidPsyche · 10 March 2020 at 05:51

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

Itsapawithing · 10 March 2020 at 02:21

Never heard about Peas Milk.
and its not common in our country.
Thanks for sharing some facts about it.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 10 March 2020 at 20:52

    I see, where are you commenting from?

Astute Copy Blogging · 9 March 2020 at 16:41

Interesting article. Never heard of pea milk. Looks like a great alternative to cows milk 🙂
Thanks for sharing.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 9 March 2020 at 19:16

    Thanks for commenting. I would try it out – buy it from Safeway in the US!

WanderlustBeautyDreams · 9 March 2020 at 14:04

I never head of pea milk before and it doesn’t seem to appealing to me. There’s so many milk alternatives nowadays which is great to have so many options to choose from.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 9 March 2020 at 14:30

    Thanks for commenting. Yes, it is very worth trying – quickly became my favourite alternative.

Reg · 7 March 2020 at 10:57

Never heard of this before. But thank you for sharing!

    Pyotr Kurzin · 8 March 2020 at 19:41

    Glad to help – let me know when you try it.

Jackline A · 6 March 2020 at 22:37

I never heard of pea milk. Very interesting.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 8 March 2020 at 19:48

    Let me know if you try it!

toastycritic · 6 March 2020 at 12:49

I have not done pea milk although I have done pea protein powders. I thought they were pretty good. I can imagine there would be a lot of health benefits for them.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 6 March 2020 at 16:33

    Yes, l enjoy peas for physical protein as well as in milk now. What recommendations do you have?

TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) · 6 March 2020 at 03:13

First time to hear about peas milk, this is fantastic. I did not know that there can be more milk alternatives out there.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 6 March 2020 at 16:35

    Thanks for the support. Glad it was useful for you – let me know what you think.

Alexa Brooks · 6 March 2020 at 01:53

Have never tried pea milk but have had pea protein! will have to try it!

    Pyotr Kurzin · 6 March 2020 at 16:35

    Yes, do so. And let me know what you think!

Jon Maldia · 5 March 2020 at 18:35

Never heard of pea milk. We use almond milk at home. I’ll give it a shot if I find it.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 23:50

    Great to hear Jon!

    I would encourage you to check out pea milk, or at least another alternative milk which you can see on my other blog post.

    Let me know what you think.

Mat Tam · 5 March 2020 at 15:27

Never heard of pea milk until this post. I am a regular drinker of soybean milk tho. Maybe I’ll give it a try if I need it available next time.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 17:12

    Thanks for the comment Mat – yes it was not something l encountered until last year, but quickly became my favourite.

    Do let me know what you think of it when you do!

Jennifer · 5 March 2020 at 14:52

I loved this post, you’ll be peased to hear.
It’s a great to have someone do the tasting for you, and such a positive reaction, alongside your very well-presented article, will definitely have me shooting out in pursuit of pea-milk…

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 17:16

    Thank you for your support.

    Its definitely something people should try and l would encourage you to look into it – Sainsbury’s sells it in the UK.

Kathy Kenny Ngo · 5 March 2020 at 13:11

I never knew that pea could be turned into milk. I am flabbergasted.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 17:13

    Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze eh? Thanks for sharing Kathy – have you tried other forms as l mention in my other post?

The Frugal Samurai · 5 March 2020 at 12:24

Goodness, had NO idea about pea milk – thanks for being so informative!

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 17:14

    Thanks for the comment Frugal Samurai, glad to have provided some useful info to you. Let me know what you think of it!

Kristy Bullard · 5 March 2020 at 01:38

I have not heard of pea milk and I haven’t noticed it in stores yet. Your post has me curious- I want to try this! I will definitely look for it when I go grocery shopping!

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 17:17

    Thanks for sharing Kristy!

    Yes, when l first encountered it l became curious and now here we are, having a whole post about! Let me know when you try it.

Chad · 4 March 2020 at 23:37

I’ve heard about pea milk from a friend but never tried it before. I would love to give it a shot especially that it is healthy.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 5 March 2020 at 00:28

    Thanks for your comment Chad!

    Yes, l only discovered it last year, but it has quickly become my favourite option because of both its environmental and health benefits, especially the high protein.

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