What Is Pea Milk And Is It Really Good For You?

In an effort to decrease dairy consumption, many people opt for milk substitutes to add to their coffee, sauces, desserts and more. One of these alternative is pea milk, a plant-based, non-dairy milk made from pea protein (via mindbodygreen). Similar to other plant-based milks, pea milk is made through a combination of yellow split peas and water, and is then put through a process to extract the liquid.

Unlike other non-dairy milks, however, pea milk is much higher in protein. A single cup serving of pea milk contains around eight grams of protein. "This protein level is comparable to that in dairy milk and may help boost satiety when used in smoothies and other recipes," says culinary and integrative dietitian, Marisa Moore.

Pea milk is also fairly rich in iron. However, the iron found in plants is less easily absorbed by the body than iron from meat. That's why experts say it's important to get your daily iron intake from multiple sources if you don't eat meat or other animal products.

The health benefits of pea milk

Pea milk isn't just a great source of protein and iron, it's also linked to a number of health benefits. For example, pea milk is allergy-friendly and compatible with a dairy-free diet (via Verywell Fit). For people who are lactose intolerant, finding the right non-dairy foods and beverages can be difficult, especially when they have other dietary restrictions, like a nut or soy allergy. If cow's milk, nut-based milks, or soy-based milks are not an option, pea milk makes for a perfect alternative.

Pea milk can also help promote bone health, as it is high in calcium and vitamin D, both of which help support and strengthen bones. In addition, drinking pea milk can help keep you feeling full for longer. This is largely due to pea milk's high protein content. If you're in the market for an alternative to cow's milk, pea milk may just be the substitute you've been looking for.