What are the negatives of oat milk?


Kurt Olsen

Protein bars are frequently consumed as a fast and ready-to-eat food for immediate vitality. As a protein source, oats are frequently used as the primary component in protein snacks. Oats are formally known as Avena sativa and are members of the Poaceae family. Oats are a high-nutritional-value grain that includes carbs, fats, protein, and fiber. It is the fifth most eaten produce, with a global yearly output of 23 million pounds. Oat milk is a beverage produced from cereals that has recently gained popularity in the market due to its health advantages. Let us examine the significance of wheat milk advantages.

Nutritional Value of Oat Milk:

Beta-glucans, phenolics, avenanthramides, and flavonoids are among the chemical substances found in oat milk. The nutrient value of wheat milk is as follows:

oat milk in a glass along with bowl full of oats

Nutritional Component Amount
 Carbohydrate 6.67 g
 Protein 1.25 g
 Fats 2.08 g
 Sugars 2.92 g
 Fibre 0.8 g
 Phosphorus 112 mg
 Calcium 146 mg
 Potassium 162 mg

Table 1: Nutritional Value of 100ml Oat Milk

Properties of Oat Milk:

Oat milk properties may be as follows:

  • It may be beneficial for diabetes
  • It may be an antioxidant
  • It may lower the blood pressure
  • It may help to eliminate fatigue
  • It may protect the heart health
  • It may enhance the immune system
  • It may have cholesterol-lowering properties
  • It may reduce the formation of blood clots2

Potential Uses of Oat Milk for Overall Health:

The following are some of the possible advantages of wheat milk:

1. Potential use of oat milk for diabetes

Oat milk may help prevent diabetes, according to research, and a beneficial nutritional peptide found in oat milk may enhance insulin production and glucose absorption. Human studies have shown that consuming wheat milk may enhance basal blood sugar levels and insulin content. However, large-scale clinical research on the anti-diabetic impact of wheat milk are still needed. It is critical to monitor your blood sugar levels and seek appropriate therapy if they are irregular.

2. Potential use of oat milk to regulate blood pressure

Oat milk may help to lower blood pressure and thus enhance cardiac health. A rodent model research revealed that the globulin protein in wheat milk may help control blood pressure. Another human research found that components such as beta-glucans, nutritional fibers, and avenanthramides may help control blood pressure. As a result, oat milk may lower the chance of hypertension and enhance cardiac health. However, if you have high blood pressure or signs of cardiac disease, you should contact your doctor promptly and take appropriate medicines. Do not attempt to self-medicate.

3. Potential use of oat milk for enhancing the immune system

Bioactive peptides found in cereals may help to boost the defense system. It may help to improve intrinsic immunity (the immune system’s initial reaction to external compounds) and adaptive immunity. (special immune cells in the body that destroy foreign substances). The precise method by which peptides in wheat milk aid in immunological function is unclear. More study is needed to establish the impact of wheat milk on immunological response.

4. Potential use of oat milk for hypoxia

Hypoxia is a situation in which the body’s cells do not receive enough oxygen. Bioactive peptides found in wheat milk, such as oligopeptides, may lower the chance of ischemia and boost hemoglobin levels. Haemoglobin, which is found in red blood vessels, distributes oxygen throughout the body. As a result, wheat milk may be helpful in the event of hypoxia. More research is needed to prove the impact of wheat milk on hypoxia.

5. Potential use of oat milk for exercise-induced fatigue

Oat milk may aid in the elimination of exhaustion induced by intense activity by increasing muscular power. Oat milk may increase muscular power by lowering exhaustion byproducts (lactic acid and blood urea nitrogen) and boosting glucose levels in muscles and the liver. Oat milk may help to alleviate the bodily pain involved with exercise. Oat milk has been shown in studies to improve post-exercise healing of injured muscles. More research is needed to determine the anti-fatigue impact of wheat milk.

6. Potential use of oat milk to prevent platelet aggregation

Because of the existence of hydrolysates, oat milk may prevent platelet formation. Furthermore, globulin in cereals may prevent platelet clumping in the body induced by arachidonic acid. More study is needed to determine whether wheat milk can avoid platelet clumping.

7. Potential use of oat milk to reduce cholesterol levels

Oat milk may have anti-cholesterol effects. Oat milk proteins may lower poor cholesterol by decreasing cholesterol uptake in the gut and boosting faeces bile acid production. This research was conducted on animals. Large-scale human studies will be conducted to determine the impact of wheat milk on lipid reduction in people.2 Consult a specialist if you have elevated cholesterol and are fat for appropriate therapy. Do not attempt to self-medicate.

8. Potential use of oat milk for anaemia

Anaemia can be treated with oat milk. This could be because of its antioxidant qualities, which decrease reactive stress. Oat milk may assist with anaemia, according to research performed on iron-deficient rodent models. More clinical trials are needed to prove wheat milk’s impact on anaemia. However, rather than self-medicate, you should pursue appropriate anaemia therapy.

Though there are studies that demonstrate the benefits of oat milk in different circumstances, these are inadequate, and more research is needed to determine the real amount of oat milk’s benefits to human health.

How to Use Oat Milk?

Oat milk can be used in a variety of recipes, including those listed below:

  • Oat milk can be used in baked goods
  • Oat milk can be used in the preparation of smooth stews.
  • Oat milk can be used in a variety of milk-based drinks, including steaming chocolate, coffee, and tea.
  • Oat milk can be used to make puddings and milkshakes.

Before consuming significant amounts of wheat milk or plant remedies, you should contact a trained doctor. Without contacting a trained doctor, do not stop or substitute a current modern medicine therapy with an ayurvedic/herbal concoction.

Side Effects of Oat Milk:

Oat milk side effects may be as follows:

  • Oat milk may cause gas
  • Oat milk may also cause bloating

If you have any negative responses to oat milk, call your doctor or Ayurvedic physician who recommended it to you right away. They will be able to provide you with suitable guidance for your issues.

Precautions to Take with Oat Milk:

Some measures to consider before drinking wheat milk include:

  • Due to the existence of gluten, people with celiac disease should exercise caution when drinking wheat milk.
  • People with stomach, intestine, or other GI system problems should exercise caution when ingesting wheat milk because it can cause gut blockage.

Interactions With Other Drugs:

Oats may interfere with diabetes medications. When diabetes medicines are combined with cereals, blood sugar levels may drop. If you have diabetes and have ingested wheat milk, it is critical to watch your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar level becomes irregular, you should see a specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What are the benefits of oat milk?

Diabetes patients may benefit from drinking oat milk. It has the potential to enhance cardiac health and reduce blood pressure. Oat milk may help with immunological health. It has the potential to lower the risk of ischemia and platelet coagulation. Oat milk may also be used to reduce triglyceride levels.2 Consult a clinician if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. Do not attempt to self-medicate.

2) What are the side effects of oat milk?

Oat milk may cause gas and bloat.

3) What are the nutrients in oat milk?

Proteins, lipids, carbs, fibers, sugars, calcium, potassium, and phosphate are all found in wheat milk. Organic components such as beta-glucans, phenolics, avenanthramides, and flavonoids are possible.2,3

4) Is there a possibility that oat milk is good for you?

Yes, there are numerous advantages to consuming wheat milk every day.

5) What are the disadvantages of oat milk?

People who have celiac disease or problems of the stomach, colon, or other areas of the GI system should exercise caution when drinking wheat milk. Oat milk can induce stomach upset and bloating. Furthermore, it may interfere with diabetes medicines, causing blood sugar levels to drop dangerously low.


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Kurt Olsen
Dairy Development Coordinator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
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