Oat Milk Supremacy


Maddy Bergey, Editor

Milk: an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein; secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.

Perhaps milk has always been known as something that comes from animals rather than plants, but today this perception is a bit different. Almond milk, oat milk, and soy milk are all examples of alternative or nut milks. Despite the growing interest in alternative milks, though, the seemingly tried-and-true cow’s milk is still an option.

Personally, I do prefer oat milk over 2% cow milk, but my preferences are derived from the ultimate fact of what tastes best in lattes. Whenever I order coffee, the substitution of mammal milk for oat milk is always requested. The taste of sweet oats combined with the thickness of the milk overall makes the latte more enjoyable for me. Despite the up-charge, it is worth it in my eyes. This matter proposes some questions though, such as if alternative milks are more environmentally friendly or if they are as nutritious as mammal milk.

Like everything, oat milk has both pros and cons. Primarily, one of the pros is the fact that it is, in fact, more environmentally friendly, since it takes less energy to produce. Other pros include that oat milk helps to prevent anemia, strengthen bones, and lower cholesterol. On the other hand, unlike mammal milk, oat milk has a high amount of sugar and carbohydrates while simultaneously a lower amount of protein.

Whether you choose to delight in a glass of oat milk or a latte complete with oat milk, I do urge you to try it if you are looking to spice up your life . . . and maybe pay an extra dollar.

And, as our very own editor, Kyra Arndt, herself stated, “I love oat milk. It makes my tastebuds dance, but you have to be careful because if it is too oat-y, then it is no go-ey.”