Beta glucan forms a gel-like substance within your gut that can bind to cholesterol and reduce its absorption. This may help lower blood cholesterol levels, especially levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which have been linked to heart disease (7, 8). This story has been updated to include China Resources and Verlinvest’s crypto slang investment. State-owned China Resources took a majority stake in Oatly in 2016 through a joint venture with the Belgium-based private equity firm Verlinvest. In July, Oatly secured the celeb-studded equity investment led by Blackstone. By the end of 2017, Oatly was being served in about 650 coffee shop locations.

  1. It is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.
  2. You can log into your account at any time up to one day before your charge date to change your subscription in your customer portal here.
  3. While our Barista Edition and Original oatmilks have the same ingredient list, we’ve formulated our Barista Edition to work particularly well in hot beverages and steam beautifully for a latte or cappuccino.
  4. Oatly knew persuading U.S. consumers to try, let alone buy, a new product would be a challenge, U.S. general manager Mike Messersmith told CNBC Make It.

This makes it a popular choice for individuals who are transitioning from cow’s milk to plant-based options. Oatly has gained immense popularity in recent years, with many people hailing it as a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to dairy milk. However, this oat-based milk substitute has also faced its fair share of criticism and controversy. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of Oatly to help you make an informed decision about whether it is the right choice for you.

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This makes it an excellent choice for enjoying a frothy latte, a refreshing smoothie, or even adding a splash to your morning cereal. Beyond its nutritional benefits, Oatly has positioned itself as an environmentally friendly milk substitute. The production of Oatly generates significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional dairy milk production. This reduction in emissions contributes to mitigating climate change and promoting a more sustainable future. One of the key factors that set Oatly apart from other plant-based milk substitutes is its creamy texture and mild taste. Unlike some other alternatives, Oatly has a smooth and silky consistency that closely resembles dairy milk.

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Please note that delivery schedule changes must be made before your next charge goes through; once a charge goes through, the order has been placed and it will be shipped as-is as soon as it’s packed up. Once opened, all our oatmilk carton—both shelf-stable and chilled—should be kept refrigerated and consumed within a week as noted on the carton. We add some organic cane sugar to our Chocolate Oatmilk to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa in each of those products. The Chocolate Oatmilk contains 8g added cane sugar per serving.

The inclusion of rapeseed oil in Oatly may be a point of consideration for those who are specifically seeking a milk substitute with minimal or no added oils. Nothing is great in excess, and Oatly is highly processed, which is not a good thing. If you drank a whole carton every day, that probably wouldn’t be great. But basically any milk alternative that you’d actually want to drink will have oil or thickener to give it a palatable texture.

Plus, most commercial oat milk is not certified gluten-free. Gluten-contaminated products may cause digestive problems for people with gluten-related disorders. Oat milk is a rich source of nutrients, especially if it’s fortified. It has more calories, carbs, and fiber than almond, soy, and cow’s milk, but less protein than soy and dairy milk.

Oat milk is a good choice for people with certain food allergies and intolerances, as it’s naturally free of lactose, nuts, and soy. If made from certified gluten-free oats, it’s also suitable for those with gluten-related disorders. Today, oat milk is the second largest dairy alternative following almond milk.

And we’re talking about something that most people just put a bit of in their coffee. We needed to include a high-quality plant-based fat in these recipes in order to give these two products their awesome texture, mouthfeel, and super-creamy consistency. After plenty of R&D, we found that coconut oil fits the bill for Oatgurt, while a blend of coconut oil and non-GMO rapeseed oil works best for our frozen desserts. The coconut oil we use is highly refined with virtually no allergenic proteins left, which means we do not need to list coconut as an allergen.

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Oat milk was invented in 1994 in Sweden by Oatly’s founders, brothers Rickard and Bjorn Oeste, who were researching an alternative to cow’s milk for people with lactose intolerance. At the moment, our North American products aren’t available for consumers to purchase outside of the US. However, our Barista Edition Oatmilk is served in select coffee shops in Canada and Mexico! Our oatmilk is certified glyphosate residue free by The Detox Project.

However, it’s not a suitable replacement for breast or cow’s milk, as it lacks nutrients essential for optimal growth. It’s best to speak with your child’s pediatrician before serving a milk alternative. While oat milk has several possible health benefits, it also comes with some downsides.

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Both carton types utilize 100% FSC-certified paperboard, meaning the paperboard is fully traceable to the forest where it was grown and has been third-party verified as renewably and responsibly sourced. The aluminum liner and plastic inside the shelf-stable carton and the plastic caps and spouts on top of both carton types are not currently made from renewable sources. In really amazing news, our frozen dessert cartons are now 97% bio-based. They feature a new type of paperboard with a bio-based plastic coating made from sugarcane. This paperboard is also made from 100% recycled material that’s certified by SFI (the Sustainable Forestry Initiative), meaning the trees that were used to make it came from responsibly managed forests. Our Frozen Dessert novelty bars include wooden sticks and are packaged in an inner polypropylene plastic wrapper and an outer FSC-certified paperboard carton.

They cause a bigger rise in blood glucose and insulin levels, which you don’t want. This can be quantified by a measure called the glycemic index—higher numbers are bad. On the other hand, some consumers have expressed disappointment with the taste or consistency of Oatly. Some feel that it lacks the richness of dairy milk or have found the flavor to be too bland for their liking.

As consumer demand for plant-based alternatives continues to grow, we can expect further innovation and improvements in the oat milk industry. It is an exciting time for individuals seeking dairy-free alternatives, with new products constantly appearing on the market. We’re always trying to find a balance between sustainability, taste and nutritional health. Oatly has used canola oil (also called rapeseed oil in Scandinavia) in our products for many years, because we believe it is the plant-based oil that best enables us to deliver on those values. In our US operations, we use only non-GMO canola oil that is expeller-pressed with zero hexane involved in the process.

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