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Vegetable Milk

Plant-based milk is all the rage these days. From almond and rice milk to soy to coconut beverages, there’s no shortage of non-dairy milk options at the supermarket. But it’s Ripple Foods’ new pea protein-based milk that’s taking over the health food scene in a big way. Pea-based protein powders have been growing in popularity recently, so it was only a matter of time until the powerful green veggie would become available in milk form, too. And when I call it powerful, I’m not kidding; a one-cup serving of pea milk carries eight grams of protein—which is exactly what you’d find in an equal serving of cow’s milk. For some perspective, conventional almond milk varieties have just one measly gram of the muscle-building nutrient. Ripple also has less saturated fat than almond milk and 50 percent more calcium. The very best part, though, is that it actually tastes like milk! To avoid that icky pea taste, the startup company developed a way to separate the healthy parts of the pea from the part that produces the flavor and color that some people find off-putting. It also has a creamy, silky texture that’s similar to classic milk—an additional perk!

Ripple vs. Dairy Milk1
Carbon Saved
54,368,620 LBS
Pounds less carbon used to produce Ripple milk2
Sugar Saved
1,404,867 LBS
Pounds less sugar in Ripple milk3
Ripple vs. Almond Milk4
Water Saved
176,437,154,890 GAL
Gallons less water used to produce Ripple milk2
Protein Added
1,501,146 LBS
Pounds more protein in Ripple milk5
PET Bottles vs. Virgin Plastic
Plastic Saved
2,187,206 LBS
Pounds of virgin plastic saved by using 100% PCR bottles
1 Comparisons based on the same volume of all varieties of Ripple milk sold vs. the same volume of all varieties of dairy milk2 LifeCycle Assessment of Non-Dairy Milk, 20173 The weighted average of sugar across all varieties of milk is 13g in 1 cup vs. the weighted average of sugar across all varieties of Ripple milk is 7g in 1 cup. Milk sugar data from USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release, April 2018. Milk consumption data from USDA4 Comparisons based on the same volume of all varieties of Ripple milk sold vs. the same volume of almond milk5 1 cup of almond milk contains 1g protein v. 1 cup Ripple milk contains 8g protein. Almond milk data from USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release, April 2018

Another added bonus: Pea milk is better for the planet than other popular milk options. It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce a single gallon of milk and 1,100 gallons of water to produce just one tiny almond. Pea milk, however, has a considerably smaller water footprint, using 96 percent less water than almond milk and 99 percent less H20 than dairy milk to produce a carton.

So, is this new alternative I’m going to go ahead and say yes—so long as you stay away from the sugary-flavored varieties. Want to get your hands on a carton? This must-try beverage is now on the shelves as of May 2. And once you bring home your bottle, I suggest enjoying the stuff in your overnight oats, cuppa Joe, or chia seed pudding. Yum, yum, and yum!

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.

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