Step aside non-dairy milk heavy hitters! A new milk substitute has entered the ring and this one is going to make some frothy waves. That’s right, we’re talking about pistachio milk, and you may be surprised at all the benefits it has. From being rich in protein to an ideal creamer, pistachio milk is sure […]

Pistachio Milk Is Here and It Will Change Your Morning Routine

Step aside non-dairy milk heavy hitters! A new milk substitute has entered the ring and this one is going to make some frothy waves.

That’s right, we’re talking about pistachio milk, and you may be surprised at all the benefits it has. From being rich in protein to an ideal creamer, pistachio milk is sure to shake up the plant-based dairy industry for the better.

Now don’t get us wrong, we love oat milk and almond milk as much as the next person, but they have their downfalls. Many oat milks reportedly have canola and/or rapeseed oil which is inflammatory and can trigger autoimmune conditions to flare up. For almond milk, high amounts of water consumption has been a major deterrent. One study from the University of California shows that it takes 20 times more water to make almond milk than traditional dairy milk.

Here to change the bad rep of plant-based dairy is pistachio milk, which offers a non-dairy
alternative packed with essential nutritional values and cultivated in a more sustainable way.

Benefits of Pistachio Milk

Nutritional

One major benefit to drinking pistachio milk is that it is high in protein and fibre. Weighing in at 6g of protein and 3g of fibre per ounce, it knocks away almond milk, which has less than 1g of protein and less than 1g of fibre per ounce. Dairy milk has the second most protein, with only 1g per ounce, but contains no fibre.

More than protein and fibre, pistachio milk also has essential nutrients such as calcium, zinc and especially potassium. It has more potassium than any other non-dairy milk which helps lower blood pressure, absorb protein and lower the risk of a stroke. Pistachio milk is also lower in calories, carbs and sugar when compared to other non-dairy milk options. Not bad for a tiny green nut!

Environmental

Another important factor is its low water consumption. It takes almost half as much water consumption as almonds and is on par with oats as an environmentally friendly non-dairy milk, according to TheBeet. Pistachio milk has one of the lowest carbon footprints in its cultivation when compared to other nuts.

Versatility

But what’s most notable about pistachio milk is its usability. Pistachio milk is an ideal creamer because of its ability to foam and is ideal for adding into coffees, which has fallen short for other plant-based milks. It can also be added into cereals, smoothies; baked into cookies, cakes; and added to soups to thicken them. It is also vegan, lactose- and gluten-free, making it an easy pick for those with dietary restrictions.

Drawbacks

If this all sounds too good to be true, there are drawbacks as well. One key challenge has been the price. Since pistachio milk needs a specific climate and can only be grown in long, hot, dry summers, thus raising the price. In addition, the soil, water and amount of sunlight all impact the taste of the pistachio, so getting it just right can be very tricky. If you are thinking of making it at home, the process can take up to 10 hours to soak the pistachios, losing nutrients in the process.

Accessibility

Several companies have already begun selling pistachio milk. Most notable is Tache, a female-run company headquartered in the US who began selling pistachio milk to the public in 2020. For CEO Roxana Saidi, it’s a labour of love, as it connects her to her roots. You can find Tache across the US at any Whole Foods Market or at their online storefront. Elmhurst 1925 also sells pistachio milk that is tailored to coffee and foams incredibly well. You can find Elmhurst Pistachio Milk or Creamer in Canada at Loblaws or in the US at local farmers markets and on their site.

So the next time you are looking for a plant-based milk alternative, you might want to try pistachio milk to solve your non-dairy dilemmas.

This article was written by Matthew Chin.

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