Plant based milk substitutes or popularly known as ‘Non-dairy milk’ has been in the western market for almost 20 years now. Be it soy milk to almond milk or the ever so popular oat milk, there is a variety of options to choose from on the market nowadays.
The newest plant-based drink trend is the…drum roll, please… Pea milk. Whether you are looking for an alternative to milk or a change from your usual plant-based milk or thinking about saving the planet as well as keeping healthy all at the same time, Pea milk might be the one for you.
This new vegan milk on the block has attracted quite a lot of attention in the plant-based industry and all over the globe since the last few years – and no, it does not taste like green peas at all! Absolutely not!
So, what is this pea milk that people are raving on about?
It is non-dairy milk made from yellow split peas, a legume that is widely available in most parts of southern Europe, North Africa and some parts of Asia.
How is pea milk made?
Unlike other plant-based milk, pea milk is made by blending peas and water together and not by soaking. The peas are processed in a way where the protein is isolated from the fibre and starch. The pea protein isolate is then purified and mixed with other ingredients to enhance the flavour and taste. This method produces a drink that is high in protein and low in calories without tasting like peas. Here are a few reasons why our pea milk is good for you:
1. It is a great source of plant-based protein and nutrients.
At The Good Pea Co, we have used the combination of yellow split peas and coconuts which not only gives our drink creaminess just like regular dairy milk, but also taste and nutrition. Oh! and we have fortified it with added Vitamins B12, D and Iodine. It also has 8g of protein per 240ml serving (the same as cow’s milk), 50% more calcium than cow’s milk per serving to ensure you and your family get the best start to your day!
Added vitamin D and calcium mean our pea-based drink provides more of both these nutrients than dairy milk per serving. Vitamin D and calcium intake have both been linked to healthier and stronger bones. Like other plant milk, our pea milk is gluten and lactose-free. It is also high in fibre and low in saturated fat.
2. Allergy-friendly and a dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk and nut milk.
Food allergies and intolerances are among the commonest reasons for people to seek out plant milk. When lactose intolerance or an allergy to whey or casein rules out drinking cow’s milk, pea milk makes for an ideal choice. Lactose intolerance is known to affect much of the global population. People that are lactose intolerant are advised to avoid dairy products, which includes cow’s milk, to reduce problems like bloating.
Our pea protein plant drink is dairy-free, and you can relish it even if you are intolerant to lactose. Many varieties of plant-based drinks are available in the market to consume for people with lactose intolerance. However, some people choose not to consume nut drinks or soy drinks due to health or allergy issues or intolerances.
Our pea drink is free from nuts and soy, so it is safe to consume for people with health problems and those suffering from allergies to nuts or soy. It is also richer in protein than most soy drinks, which are known to have a good amount of protein content. To top it off, it is gluten-free and has added Vit B12 appropriate for those following vegan diets.
3. Low in calories, yet lip-smackingly tasty, creamy and nutritious all at the same time!
Our drink has way fewer calories than cow’s milk, which makes it a great choice for a healthy lifestyle. With its low carbohydrate content, our pea drink can easily be included in a low-carb diet plan or just part of healthy meal plans. Although our drink is lower in calories than cow’s milk, it is creamy and rich in texture, compared to some plant-based alternative milk, which can be thin and chalky.
We make it by blending two trendy vegan ingredients, yellow split peas and coconut cream along with added ingredients and nutrients. The result is a smooth, delicious and creamy drink that is quick and easy to be added to a vast majority of dishes such as cereals, smoothies, milkshakes, cakes and to pretty much anything as a milk substitute or even just by itself. It is a bit of an all-rounder in the kitchen, we’d say!
4. Keeps You Fuller for longer.
Protein is a crucial factor in keeping you fuller for longer. It is the high protein content of 8 grams per serving lets you keep going for a longer time, especially compared to lower-calorie, lower-protein alternative milk.
5. Environment-friendly and highly sustainable than other alternative milk.
Agriculture farming produces very high quantities of methane, which is a greenhouse gas. The production of milk also takes up a lot of energy and high quantities of water. As a result, this also causes a negative impact on the environment and leaves a higher carbon footprint. Although production of almond milk produces lesser greenhouse gas emissions than cow’s milk, it requires enormous amounts of water. Almond milk requires both enormous amounts of almonds and water. To get that amount of water, the earth is dug up to thousands of feet.
This drilling and underground sinking leads to a higher threat of damage to infrastructure. Peas grow in areas that have abundant rainwater, which does not require ground drilling and hence requires a smaller amount of irrigation therefore an overall minimal threat of damage to the environment. Moreover, peas fix their own nitrogen hence requiring less to no fertilizers making our oceans and lakes cleaner! So, less carbon and water footprint. It is a win-win!
The Bottom Line
So, to sum it all up, if you are on the look out for a plant-based milk alternative that is tasty as well as nutritious and sustainable at the same time, The Good Pea Co. pea drink is the drink for you, and you have come to the right place!
When drinking our tasty vegan dairy-free drinks, you can feel good that you are consuming nutritious plant protein, whilst saving the planet and its animals, one pea at a time. Be the change you want to see.