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Rice Milk - All about the milk alternative

May not be referred to as milk in commerce

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Rice milk is an increasingly popular milk substitute for normal cow's milk in this country. The biggest difference to her: Rice milk consists of 100% vegetable ingredients. Since it is made from rice, the corresponding products in Germany may not officially carry the name "milk", which is why they are also called rice drinks. You can confidently resort to the "rice drink" and still opt for pure rice milk without additives.

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Rice milk for vegetarians and vegans

Rice milk is also interesting for vegetarians and vegans. Because it is lactose free, people who suffer from lactose intolerance also benefit. Basically, rice milk is produced from whole grain rice. This is first finely ground, then cooked and then processed into mash. The resulting product is then fermented and thoroughly filtered before being emulsified and bottled. Some manufacturers also add flavors such as cocoa or vanilla to the milk to give shoppers more variety. Sugar is also included in many products.
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Low in fat and high in carbohydrates

Rice milk is somewhat higher in calories than regular cow's milk, but no less healthy. 100 ml contains around 49 kcal. Also, the protein content of only 1 g per 100 ml is very low. However, the same proportion also has fat, which is why rice milk is suitable as a low-fat alternative to normal whole milk. Nevertheless, rice milk is only conditionally suitable for losing weight, because the proportion of carbohydrates is just under 10 g
Carbohydrates per 100 ml.
Natural rice milk does not necessarily contain many vitamins and is significantly lower in nutrients than cow's milk. Also with regard to minerals, there are other dairy products that are richer. Many manufacturers artificially add calcium or vitamins to their products. For infants and babies, rice milk is therefore not the right choice, as it does not supply them with enough nutrients and, among other things, can lead to rickets due to the vitamin D deficiency.

Although rice milk does not have many valuable ingredients, it is appreciated by allergy sufferers, vegans and vegetarians alike. On the one hand, this may be due to the fine, slightly sweet taste, on the other hand, rice milk is absolutely lactose- and gluten-free and therefore well tolerated.

On the plus side, rice milk contains very little fat and is rich in carbohydrates. A glass of it in the morning supplies the body with sufficient energy for the whole day, which is why the drink is chosen especially by athletes.
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What should you look for when buying rice milk?

In recent years, rice milk has become a popular product and has long been an integral part of many supermarkets, organic shops and health food stores. Even in discounters one finds meanwhile appropriate products, usually however only in certain action periods. It is important in the selection, above all, always pay close attention to the pack. Ideally, the chosen rice milk is a controlled organic product. Also, no unnecessary additives should be added. If there is sugar in the rice milk that adds calories, it is better to choose another product. On average, the price of one liter of rice milk is about two euros, whereas flavored drinks with chocolate or vanilla usually cost a bit more.
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How to use rice milk in the kitchen

Because rice milk, with its soft sweetness and unobtrusive taste, is a good alternative to regular cow's milk, it is also finding increasing use in the kitchen. How about, for example, a semolina pudding or a cereal with rice milk? Even desserts such as puddings or even cake can be produced with it.

By the way: If you do not want to buy rice milk, you can also make it yourself. This does not take much time and is quite simple. All you need is wholegrain rice and water. To do this, fill a cup with rice, put it in a saucepan, and then add twice as much water. Now the rice is boiled until the water evaporates completely. Then it is mixed again with a cup of water and mashed into a kind of mush. Depending on the consistency, vanilla flavor or cocoa can now be added - this depends entirely on your own taste. The finished mixture should then rest for one hour and then filtered through a fine cloth - you can already enjoy the finished rice milk!
Letztes Update: 08.07.2019 09:41