The latest in the unnecessarily large group of dairy-free milk options has arrived! Pea milk is here and we’re not quite sure why.
Introduced to the Australia’s Own range earlier this month, “Like Milk” is a milk made of pea protein, which is rich in amino acids, calcium, vitamins B2 and B12 and vitamin D, according to Australian Food News. Coming in a sweetened and unsweetened option, both have significantly less sugar per serve than the typical amount found in a serving of dairy milk. Check out a video explaining the benefits of crushed pea juice below.
Watch: Like Milk educational video about pea milk
Other vegan milk options include rice, soy, oat, almond, and coconut milks. The pea milk trend is apparently becoming very popular among fitness fanatics, as it offers similar nutritional benefits to dairy milk.
However, retailers seem to be less enthused. A spokesperson for ALDI told Australian Food News “At this stage, we don’t sell pea milk in our stores and do not have any immediate plans to stock this product.”
Dietician Jemma Watkins helpfully added “Taste will also be a deciding factor in its popularity. It has a different taste to milk and may take some getting used to.” The news of it’s unusual not very milky taste may come as a surprise to some, but it is made of peas so it really shouldn’t.
The name “Like Milk” is mildly distressing and reminiscent of the Saturday Night Live “Almost Pizza” skit, but if you can deal with that and the weird taste, this could be the (almost) milk for you!