A decade ago, not many people had heard of almond milk. But now, almond milk is the new cow’s milk among calories counters, the health-conscious, and those who can’t consume lactose — it’s even more popular than soy milk.
Keep that in mind before you judge the newest kid on the block, which is said to be healthier than soy, almond, and cow’s milk according to Ripple Foods, the brand taking the new milk to market.
The catch? It’s made from peas.
Milk made from peas isn’t quite as crazy as it sounds. Compared to cow’s milk, it has the same amount of protein (about 8 grams per cup) but fewer calories (75 calories per cup of unsweetened original flavor plant-based milk, compared to 86 calories in the same amount of skim milk), less sugar, more calcium, and a healthy dose of omega-3 fats — the good kind of fat that slows down digestion so you feel full for longer — according to nutrition information published on Ripple Food’s website.
Compared to almond milk, milk from peas has eight times as much satisfying protein — well worth the difference in calories (it has about 35 more calories than unsweetened almond milk). And compared to soy, plant-based milk has an extra gram of protein, less sugar, and more calcium. (For what it’s worth, the stuff still has way more ingredients than you’d find in pure cow’s milk: pea protein, sunflower oil, algal oil, a bunch of vitamins and minerals, guar gum, and gellan gum.)
If you’re intrigued and wish to sacrifice your cereal, Oreos, or coffee in the name of becoming an early adopter of pea milk, you’ll have to wait until early May when Ripple milk is scheduled to make its official appearance at Whole Foods and Target.
Until then, rest assured that the stuff is said to taste nothing like peas and does not appear to be green.