Potatoes are delicious when roasted, boiled, or mashed. Well, now you can blend and drink them as milk. Potato milk is new to the market and the latest challenger to compete against soy, almond, oat, and coconut milk. DUG is a new Swedish brand that launched the very first potato milk in the United Kingdom, hoping to sweep popularity worldwide.
The Reason New Plant-Based Milk Are Appearing
Potatoes are easy and quick to grow. They last a long time without rotting nor need special farming conditions. According to DUG, growing potatoes uses 56% less water than producing cow’s milk, almonds, oat, and soy. So, growing potatoes makes them perfect for the environment and conservation.
2. Intolerance of Dairy
Many people have allergies and issues drinking regular cow’s milk and dairy. In addition, many people are allergic to nuts and seeds. So, potato milk is the perfect option.
3. Concerned about Hormones
Hormones and drugs like antibiotics are commonly given to cows. Many people feel this is detrimental to their health. Potatoes are free of hormones and antibiotics.
Potatoes are gluten-free. Many people have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Symptoms often cause stomach pain, cramping, or diarrhea. So, potato milk is an excellent choice if you have gluten issues or are avoiding gluten.
Potato milk is another excellent choice for a vegan or vegetarian searching for plant-based products. Also, vegans or vegetarians tend to be missing nutrients like B12 that are added to plant-based milk.
Potatoes are high in antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. Therefore, they are an excellent source to prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
DUG Potato milk nutritional Facts – 100 ML of DUG sweetened potato milk:
- Energy: 163 kJ/39 kcal
- Fat: 1.5 g – 0.1g is saturated
- Carbohydrates: 4.4 g – 1.8g is sugar
- Fiber: 1.1 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
- Salt: 0.1 g
- Calcium: 120 mg
- Vitamin D: 0.75 μg
- Riboflavin: 0.21 mg
- Vitamin B12: 0.38 μg
- Folic Acid: 30 μg
Potatoes are low in fat. Fat is added to the milk to make it thicker, or else it would be water.
DUG adds rapeseed oil to create a creamy milk texture. Rapeseed is low in saturated fat and high in healthy unsaturated fats, making it good for your health. In addition, rapeseed oil contains vitamin E and omega 3, very potent antioxidants. Compared to other plant-based milks, potato milk is higher in poly and monounsaturated fats, which are essential for your heart.
DUG sweetened potato milk contains 1.8g of sugar per 100ml. This is better than other plant-based milk out on the market. Other kinds of milk, like soy, have around 3g of sugar per 100ml. Potato milk is very well balanced and proportioned when it comes to sugar.
Potatoes are already very low in protein. So, DUG adds peas to boost the protein level. Adding peas to potato milk augments the protein to 1g. If they did not add peas, DUGs potato milk would only have .03g of protein. So, the total protein in DUG milk is 1.3g per 100ml. If you want more protein in your plant-based milk, you are better off choosing almond or soy. Soy milk has approximately 3-3.5g of protein per 100ml.
Potatoes are great when it comes to nutrients. They contain high amounts of potassium, vitamin C, and B6. However, many plant-based, even potato milk, need to add vitamins and minerals like riboflavin, B12, calcium, and vitamin D. Plant-based milk doesn’t have the nutrient power of cow’s milk.
Potato milk is another plant-based option entering the market. It is nutritionally weaker than other kinds of plant-based nut milk, but it is just starting out. So, let’s see how it takes off.
Personally, I don’t know the taste. However, the word buzzing the streets is- the taste is average, and almond and soy milk are still preferred.
If you want to make and try your own potato milk, check it out here.