Meet Chia Milk, the Latest Plant-Based Milk Alternative
Just when you thought macadamia milk was the craziest thing you've seen in a carton, there's yet another milk alternative option for non-dairy consumers: chia milk.
This week, plant-based superfood company, Mamma Chia announced that it will be launching an alternative to milk that's made from chia seeds nationwide in March. The news comes at the pinnacle of oat milk's popularity, with big coffee shop chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks adding oat milk to new lattes.
The plant-based milk will come in two different flavors, unsweetened and vanilla, both of which don't contain any added sugars. The milk alternative is primarily made from a combination of organic chia oil and protein, as well as coconut milk and organic pea protein. Aside from the ingredients, the biggest difference between chia milk and its other plant-based milk competitors is that it naturally contains anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
This milk alternative will also contain between 1,900 and 2,200 milligrams of MCT oil, and health experts say that studies have shown this type of fat can help to lower the harmful kind of cholesterol known as LDL. One glass of this milk alternative only contains two to three grams of carbs, which is a lot fewer than what a serving of unsweetened oat milk from Oatly contains (16 grams). One glass of chia milk also has 60 to 70 calories per glass, compared to oat milk, which has about 120 calories.
"More than ever, consumers today are craving plant-based food and beverage choices, so we lovingly crafted this recipe to give consumers a non-dairy milk option with exceptional nutrition and a taste that outperforms other alternative milks in the market," said Janie Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Mamma Chia in a statement.
So, will chia milk be the new oat milk, or will the plant-based beverage be more of a once-in-a-while kind of treat? We're excited to find out.
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