In this post, we will examine the altered types of vegetable drinks and their nutritional properties so that you can decide which one best suits your needs.
Consumption of vegetable drinks(commonly called vegetable milk) has exploded in our country. And it is that more and more people are lactose intolerant, vegan or who, by their own choice or simple aversion, have decided to do without dairy. That is why vegetable drinks based on vegetable ingredients and water stand as the best option due to their nutritional properties and the benefits that they can provide for health. These drinks are the perfect solution so that we can have a balanced and healthy diet. They are prepared with cereals (such as oats, rice or quinoa), with nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts and cashews), with legumes (such as soybeans and tiger nuts) or with seeds (such as hemp seeds or sesame).
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These vegetable drinks made from water and vegetable ingredients have the main benefits that:
- They do not contain lactose or cholesterol.
- Most are low in calories.
- They have a high ratio of mono and polyunsaturated fats, beneficial for the heart.
- It has a high content of group B vitamins.
- They have a balanced relationship between sodium and potassium.
- They are easy to assimilate and digest.
- Its content in vitamins of group B is remarkable (although vitamin B12 remains not found, which occurs almost exclusively in foods of animal origin).
For all this, they are an excellent alternative for people who choose to eat a healthy and balanced diet and those population groups that do not tolerate lactose or those with slow digestion problems, irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhoea.
These are the main nutritional properties of the most popular vegetable drinks:
It is the most common and the one that, indeed, you have already consumed. Its protein content is the one that is closest to that of cow’s milk. It is also rich in isoflavones that help lower cholesterol, make PMS bearable, and play a role in preventing hormone-related cancers.
Drink It is a light and sweet drink. It contains more carbohydrates than cow’s milk but less calcium and protein. It remains digested very well. Thanks to its tryptophan content, it is called a “serenity drink” for its relaxing power.
It has the highest protein content of all beverages made with grains or nuts. We are facing a drink with an exciting contribution in vitamin B vitamins, essential for the proper functioning of our nervous system. Taking it in the morning is ideal to obtain a good portion of energy without any fat.
It is one of the most nutritious, especially beneficial for children as it contains L-arginine, an essential amino acid that stimulates growth hormone. It is also a good source of minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium) and rich in vitamins (E and A).
They represent an excellent source of copper, folic acid and manganese. It is a drink especially rich in vitamin E, an essential vitamin that stands out for its antioxidant qualities, helping to reduce the most harmful effects of free radicals.
Cashew nut drink
It is a good source of monounsaturated fats, ideal for caring for and protecting our heart. Its high percentage of magnesium and selenium stands out, which is beneficial for cardiovascular health. Due to its high content of vitamin B1, it helps to overcome stress and depression.
Hemp seed drink
A pleasant texture and a particular flavor (similar to walnut) promote cell regeneration and cardiovascular health thanks to its omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also contributes to the maintenance of a healthy immune system thanks to its magnesium content.
Did you know that our vegetable drinks contain at least 15% of their main ingredient and are fresh?
Vegetable drinks can stand given the same culinary applications that cow’s milk. They can be taken alone, with coffee, cocoa, turmeric at any time of the day, and can even be used in the kitchen to prepare delicious recipes.
Today, in any supermarket, you can find a wide range of vegetable drinks, but of questionable quality. Most often contain unwanted additives such as sweeteners, thickeners, flavourings, and even colours. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to the proportion of cereal, legume, dried fruit or seed that it contains to compare between brands; It is not the same as having 8% almonds as 2%. The higher the percentage, the better quality it will be.
On the other hand, most of the vegetable drinks available on the market remain pasteurized. The advantage of applying these treatments with temperature is that they achieve a longer useful life, but the significant disadvantage is that, during the process, many nutrients die or deteriorate. And how do they solve it? Adding those nutrients afterwards.
The best option will always be to prepare your vegetable drinks at home. The cost will be lower, the quality will be higher, and the taste will be much better than what you get in the supermarket. But we know that the process is not easy and requires time.
That is why we encourage you to try our plant-based drinks. They are very nutritious since they contain at least 15% of their main ingredient, and it is fresh, that is, they preserve all the nutritional value of their components. But the most remarkable thing is its delicious combination of fruits, spices and superfoods. With cocoa, with masala, with turmeric, with strawberry, with cinnamon and lemon peel. For all palates!
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