Why Your Morning Oat Milk Latte Might Be Unhealthy

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.03 - 2024 3:12 PM CET

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This is why adding oat milk to your coffee may not be the healthiest option.

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Oat milk has become a popular alternative to cow's milk, appreciated for its creaminess and natural sweetness.

But starting your day with oat milk in your coffee might not be as healthy as you think, especially when it comes to your blood sugar levels.

Biochemist Jessie Inchauspé, also known as the "Glucose Goddess" on Instagram, has raised concerns about oat milk's effects on blood sugar.

According to Inchauspé, consuming oat milk on an empty stomach can cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels, leading to unhealthy fluctuations.

The reason lies in the composition of oat milk.

Oats are rich in starch, which is quickly converted into glucose in the body. This process causes a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. Unlike whole oats, oat milk lacks the fiber content that helps moderate this rise.

Healthier Alternatives

To maintain stable blood sugar levels, Inchauspé recommends choosing milk varieties with higher fat and protein content and lower carbohydrate levels.

Cow's milk, for example, is primarily composed of proteins and fats, which do not cause as a spike in blood sugar levels.

Similarly, nut-based milk alternatives, such as almond or cashew milk, contain little starch and can be a better option.

These alternatives help avoid the sharp fluctuations in blood sugar that can lead to unpleasant side effects like fatigue and food cravings. By opting for cow's milk or nut-based milk in your morning coffee, you can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and maintain long-term health.

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