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Potatoes are just like super reliable, longtime friends. What’s not to love about them? They’re a heart-healthy food staple all over the world (Shoutout to baked sweet potatoes and loaded tater tots!) and they provide so many health benefits—including being chock-full of nutrients. They may lessen your risk of developing certain cancers, diabetes, and heart disease, in addition to enhancing blood sugar control and improving the overall health of your digestive system. Potatoes can even help you sleep better! And now, we’re here to deliver exciting news about “potato milk,” which has some pretty sneaky body health benefits you’ll want to know about.
If you can’t have dairy due to health reasons, or you simply enjoy living a dairy-free life, you’re likely always on the lookout for new options at the grocery store. You’ve undoubtedly tried almond, oat, and coconut milk for all of your caffeinated beverages and smoothies. You may be a fan of plant-based milks that are chock-full of healthy ingredients like hemp, peas, and sesame. Well, get excited, because there’s a less familiar plant-based milk that’s gaining more and more popularity, and it’s potato milk!
Not only does potato milk have low sugar and fat contents, but it’s also filled with healthy ingredients, and it doesn’t contain soy and many typical allergens. Soon enough, you may be seeing this great addition to your favorite lattes and specialty drinks at your local coffee shops. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
This mild, white, milky-tasting dairy alternative is made with—you guessed it—potatoes! And there are qualities that make this well-liked drink incredibly sustainable. First off, growing potatoes just so happens to be two times more proficient than growing oat. Also, over 50 times less water is needed to make potato milk than to produce almond milk. As with all plant milks, they have a lower carbon footprint than dairy milk.
Related: What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Almond Milk
Environmental benefits aside, potato milk provides many nutritional ingredients, including vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and potassium. Potato, a root vegetable, also provides many health benefits as well. Antioxidants can reduce the risk of a chronic illness, like cancer. Starch in the potatoes can enhance your digestion.
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If you feel ambitious, you can even try making your own potato milk right at home! Most of the recipes seem to take around 30 to 40 minutes to prep and cook up. The concoction includes a few simple ingredients, including potatoes, water, almonds, honey, and vanilla extract. While you’re at it, you can gather up some healthy vegan bars for a great dipping snack! (It’s kind of the rule—you can never have a fresh, cold, delicious glass of milk without a yummy, healthy snack to dip into it, are we right?)
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