With the changing state of the environment, it is now a necessity to look for more sustainable resources such as the emerging popularity of non-dairy milk alternatives.
The more well-known non-dairy milk are soy, almond, coconut, and some others but now pea milk has risen to this craze.
With its high protein content comparable to that of cow’s milk with the same smooth taste, pea milk may just be the leading non-dairy milk to date.
The origin of pea milk
Pea milk is manufactured from yellow peas.
Compared to other plant-based milk made by soaking, pea milk is milled into flour to extract its protein then blended with water and other ingredients such as sunflower oil and sugars leading to its creamier, smoother, and richer texture.
With its consistency similar to that of cow’s milk, pea milk is a great choice for people who are averse to the thin consistency or nutty flavor of other plant-based milk.
What makes pea milk better?
One problem with non-dairy milk is that its nutritional contents may be lower to that of dairy milk which can especially affect the growth of children, and this is where pea milk comes in.
One cup of pea milk contains the same amount of proteins found in one cup of cow’s milk.
Not only that, it also provides up to 150% more calcium compared to cow’s milk with added iron, potassium, and vitamins A and D.
Ripple, a company that manufactures pea milk, adds algal oil which makes it fortified with omega-3 fats, a source of DHA that has a fundamental role in a person’s brain, heart, and immune functions.
With over 68% of people worldwide affected by lactose intolerance, the transmission from lactose-rich dairy milk to lactose-free non-dairy milk is apparent.
However, there are still some people who may have gluten intolerance or are allergic to soy or nuts which is why pea milk is available for their use.
Unsweetened pea milk, an invention of the Ripple company, is an appealing alternative to people with diabetes or those under low-carb diets as it boasts about zero sugar and zero grams of carbs with only 70 calories.
Pea milk and the environment
Although cow’s milk is more popular and accessible, the resources required in its production surpasses the resources used for non-dairy milk.
Up to 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from cows, making them one of the leading causes of climate change.
Apart from this, each cow requires up to 30 to 50 gallons of water each day which is a great contrast with the 15 liters requirement of almond, and an even lower water consumption when it comes to peas.
In addition, peas, as a legume, have nitrogen-fixing ability which is necessary for plant health resulting in it requiring less artificial nitrogen fertilizer.
Is pea milk flawless?
Although unsweetened pea milk boasts its zero sugar, the other varieties of pea milk do not do so as they have up to 15 to 17 grams of added sugar that is known to contribute to diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease, and obesity.
The added sunflower oil keeps the rich and creamy texture of pea milk but it does not provide any nutritional benefits and is also high in omega-6 fatty acids which may cause inflammation and heighten the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
The blast off
A lot of varieties of pea milk are available in the market today as it can be added with a beverage of your choice like coffee or smoothie but here at Twrl, we decided to add it to organic tea to create an organic milk tea goodness: Twrl Milk Tea.
Before the creation of Twrl Milk Tea, we tried different kinds of milk tea from all over the world, matching combinations of different teas and milks until we settled upon pea milk.
Twrl Milk Tea uses pea milk because of its high protein content with a good amount of calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A and D, but even with all these healthy gains, pea milk remains low-calorie and low carb, without overpowering the delicate flavor of our organic teas.
Vegan, non-GMO, and top-8 allergen-free, Twrl Milk Tea is an organic milk tea delight packed in cans ready at your disposal, not only for your cravings but also for your well-being.