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New dairy free milk is healthier and more sustainable than nut milks

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There’s a new dairy free milk in town, and it’s gunning to replace your favourite nut milks.

Fast Company reports that Ripple is a healthier, higher protein alternative to dairy or almond milk, with a smaller water and carbon footprint to boot. What’s it made out of, you’re wondering? Peas.

That’s right, cofound Adam Lowry and his team have engineered a non GMO pea-protein based milk that is supposedly closer to cow’s milk in taste, and can out perform almond, soy, and other dairy free counterparts in sustainability and nutritional value. Are you ready to drinks peas?

It’s no secret that dairy has a massive water footprint. Ripple has calculated that it’s milk takes 99% less water than dairy to make, but an astonishing 96% less than almond milk, and even 76% less than soy. Add to that the 93% smaller carbon footprint of Ripple milk to dairy, and the numbers add up.

For those wondering what more they’ll get out of drinking it, this pea-based milk has eight grams of protein to almond milk’s single gram, more potassium and vitamin D, and less sugar. Against dairy, Ripple has a third of the saturated fat and 50% more calcium. Pea protein powders have been widely enjoyed and used by the vegan fitness community, so this product should go hand in hand.

Even with that laundry list of benefits, it took time to make peas in to something people would drink. “The primary challenge is one of flavor,” Lowry says. “If you just make pea milk the way that you make almond milk, with regular yellow peas, you can get a very high protein beverage, but it frankly tastes terrible. That’s because if you put a lot of peas in the milk, it’s going to taste like peas.” The San Francisco Bay Area-based startup raised $13.5 million last year to develope a technology to separate the good stuff out and leave the bad taste behind. Now, they’re in the process of patenting it.

Ripple products will be available in original, original unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate flavours, on the shelves of Whole Foods starting on May 2nd. We have a feeling more people will be saying pass the peas

Photo from Fast Company

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  • Uggh. The whole veggan thing is a farce. It’s confusing to new vegans and it’s ridiculous- since when was any animals menstruation considered vegetable matter? Totally with you on this.

    • Author Kayla Perrin

      I love soy milk and feel the same as you do about almond & other milks (not allergic to hemp, it’s just not my favorite). I would definitely try this though.

  • MaryFinelli

    It looks like it’s packaged in plastic. If so that’s a big problem right there and a reason I wouldn’t buy it, intriguing as it sounds.

  • Jodi Meadows

    This is intriguing and I’ll definitely check it out.
    BTW “supposably” is not a word. For reals. Check it.

  • Mark Caponigro

    Ripple’s discovery of a way to save so much water in making this non-dairy product is terrific.

  • jiyong unnie

    i’m usually able to close one eye for a couple of grammar mistakes… but this article is almost unreadable from being ridden with errors. please revise :/

  • Coleen

    I will stick to normal plant based milk, with a respectable amount of protein in.. this is way too high in protein.. why they trying to make us sick with all that protein.. why do they think we are that stupid that we even need all that protein !

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