Oat Milk & Rapeseed Oil, What’s it All About?
Oat milk has fast become the UK’s most popular dairy alternative and for good reason. It’s got great eco credentials, it’s super versatile and tastes pretty damn delicious. It also has some great health benefits too, but you may have wondered how oat milk manages to achieve such a high degree of creaminess which let’s be honest is almost comparable to that of full fat dairy milk, and the answer is oil. Specifically, rapeseed oil. Check the ingredients of almost any oat milk you buy and you’ll see rapeseed oil as the 2nd ingredient after oats, and in some instances it can be added in large quantities.
What is rapeseed oil?
Rapeseed oil is derived from the colourful rapeseed crop and is commonly used because of its relatively low cost and saturated fat content. However, saturated fat is not the whole picture. Rapeseed oil contains a high concentration of omega-6 fatty acids, which, if consumed excessively, can kickstart inflammation in our bodies which subsequently can lead to heart diseases, obesity, and a host of other chronic issues. Now we aren’t saying that rapeseed oil is the worst thing in the world, but you can do better.
In particular, beware of brands which use highly processed rapeseed oils, as high temperatures during refining can give birth to trans fats turning our oat milk dream into a nightmare. This poses additional health risks.
Is there an alternative to rapeseed oil?
Yes! Some oat milk brands don’t use any oils although these are few and far between, and you may lose out on the creaminess of your oat milk.
So, what if you want creaminess and no nasties? Enter MCTs, or Medium Chain Triglycerides, the superhero you’ve been waiting for. Although they sound complicated, they’re extracted from the good old coconut, and bring much greater health benefits vs. refined rapeseed oils. They're easily digested, provide quick energy, and can enhance brain function.
What’s so good about MCTs?
- Digestion and energy: They head straight to the liver, where they transform into energy. Talk about skipping the line and getting a VIP pass to fuel your body!
- Ketogenic diet support: If you're rocking the keto lifestyle, MCTs are like your trusty sidekick. It swoops in and boosts your ketone levels, those awesome energy sources during ketosis. It's like having a secret weapon to keep your energy and brain function at their peak superhero levels.
- Weight management: MCTs are your sidekick on the weight management adventure. They have a knack for making you feel full and revving up your metabolism. That means fewer cravings and more fat-burning action!
- Flavour and cooking: Prepare to have your taste buds amazed! Mild, yet creamy and delicious. flavour and aroma. It's like a chameleon, blending seamlessly into any recipe. And guess what?
Which brands use MCT instead of rapeseed oils?
If you didn’t guess already, we are the only brand on the market at the moment that use MCTs instead of rapeseed oil to add that creaminess you long for. Yes, MCT oil is more expensive than its cheaper counterparts but we think it’s more than worth it. Of course, don’t take our word for it, do your own research on MCTs to learn about the 8th wonder of the world.