One more time.
In the early 90s, some researchers at a famous university in Sweden wanted to create a plant-based drink for people with lactose intolerance. They gave themselves some simple tasks: 1) to make a dairy alternative that was in tune with the needs of both humans and the planet, and 2) to make it taste really good. What those researchers came up with was Oatly, which uses the power of oats for good–the good of the environment and the good of the humans who drink it (you know, lactose intolerants, lactose lovers, vegans, non-vegans, carnivores, foodies, health nuts and the people-with-tastebuds crowd).
When we make Oatly, we break down the whole oat and hold on to all the good stuff that’s inherent in oats instead of throwing it away. Aside from the delicious taste and natural sweetness, that good stuff includes soluble fiber called beta glucan. Since you are on the healthcare professional part of our website, you’ve probably heard that beta glucan is good for heart health. But just in case, here are some facts: clinical studies have shown that beta glucan can lower elevated cholesterol levels. And lower cholesterol levels can in turn, help maintain heart health for people who are (and also people who are not) at risk for cardiovascular disease.
We use rapeseed oil (a.k.a. canola oil here in the US) in some of our oatmilks for texture and performance. We do this for a few reasons which you can read about in the following short list of bullet points, if that sounds like something you’d like to do:
- It's plant-based.
- It contains both fatty acids and a good amount of monounsaturated fat, as opposed to the high levels of saturated fats in other plant-based oils.
- We use only non-GMO rapeseed oil produced in North America and the Netherlands. It's processed the same way as other refined vegetable oils, except hexane is not involved in our processing. And by the way, rapeseed oil has a neutral flavor, which works nicely with our oat base.
The rapeseed oil in our US Barista Edition is pressed and contains 0.0g/100g cholesterol and 0.1g/100g trans fat, which is why we can say “0 grams” on the package. However, if you're not into oil of any kind, you might like to know that our Low-Fat oatmilk contains no added oil (just a small amount of natural fat from the oats).
what else do we add?
Vitamins, Minerals + Calcium
We fortify Oatly with vitamins and minerals because we want to offer our vegan friends a delicious dairy alternative that is also nutritionally balanced. These vitamins and minerals include: Vitamins B12, A and D2, calcium and riboflavin.
In some of our products, we include dipotassium phosphate which works as an acidity regulator to keep Oatly from wimping out in highly acidic environments like your cup of coffee. This is a synthetically-produced acidity regulator, but its components (potassium and phosphorus) are common elements found in the human body.
Sugar + CoCoa
In our Chocolate Oatmilk, we include cocoa and a bit of added cane sugar to offset any of the cocoa’s natural bitterness.