Need a new milk? Give peas a chance

Chinchilla News - - HEALTHY LIVING - — whimn.com.au

IN RE­CENT years, we’ve been in­un­dated with an ever-ex­pand­ing ar­ray of plant-based milks: soy, hemp, oat, rice, co­conut, al­mond, ma­cadamia, hazel­nut, cashew. No nut has been left, erm, un-milked.

And as the op­tions have in­creased, so has the de­mand. Driven in part by an in­crease in re­ported lac­tose in­tol­er­ance, but no doubt also largely due to con­sumers want­ing to ex­plore new op­tions and in­clude plant­based of­fer­ings in their diet.

And now there’s an­other non-dairy al­ter­na­tive in town: pea milk. Made from pea pro­tein, Like Milk has been for­mu­lated with the same lev­els of cal­cium and pro­tein as full cream dairy milk, but with zero fat and lower lev­els of sugar.

The first plant-based bev­er­age in Aus­tralia to be made us­ing the pro­tein, it has been se­lected for its ro­bust amino acid pro­file (the build­ing blocks of pro­teins) that our bod­ies need for mus­cle de­vel­op­ment and well­be­ing.

Funny name aside, we had a few ques­tions be­fore pour­ing it into our lat­tes. Does it taste like peas? Is it green? How do you ac­tu­ally milk a pea?

Well, af­ter a taste test we can con­firm no, it doesn’t taste like peas (more earthy and sweet), it’s not bright matcha green and it’s made much like other plant-based milks through a process of soak­ing and blend­ing with wa­ter.

The key dif­fer­ence be­tween Like Milk and other plant milks is its high lev­els of pro­tein, cal­cium, phos­pho­rus and vi­ta­mins B2, B12 and vi­ta­min D all to­gether in one place; along with zero fat and much lower lev­els of sugar com­pared to full cream and low-fat dairy milk.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

MILK IT: Pea milk is a new non-dairy op­tion.

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