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 to the humble pea.
Now you might be wondering:
- what is pea milk?
- is pea milk healthy?
- why should l try it?
Those are all legitimate questions.
And l shall answer them all by giving you the lowdown on the potential but also problems of pea milk!
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,
- 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.
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.
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.
Have you tried pea milk? Or can you think any more pea puns?
Peas let me know in the comments!