When searching for a non-dairy milk, there are the usual suspects: soy, rice, almond, and coconut or a blend. A relatively new product is giving shoppers a vegan, nut, gluten, and soy-free, dairy alternative: pea milk. Green peas are legumes that contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. A nutrition-packed food, to say the least. When made into a milk, they give us a drink with a comparable nutrition profile to soy milk. In this article, I will break down the nutrition facts and my expert opinion on the pros and cons of Ripple Pea Milk!
A nutritional breakdown and taste test of Ripple Pea Milk
I analyzed the nutrition facts of Ripple brand, Unsweetened Original Pea Milk. There are no carbohydrates, 4.5 grams of unsaturated fat (the heart-healthy kind), and 8 grams of plant protein per 8-ounce serving. This is the same amount of protein as standard soy milk and dairy milk.
Also, There is no fiber and no added sugar in this variety. The amount of calcium and vitamin D is comparable to soy milk and more than dairy milk. It is also a source of Omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, iron, and vitamin A.
The only nutrition drawbacks are that this variety of pea milk has more sodium than dairy and soy milk, and it is not fortified with vitamin B-12. So for vegans looking to this as a source of B-12, look elsewhere. With only 70 calories per 8-ounce serving, this is a nutrient-dense choice. Keep in mind that it is not suitable to be used as an infant formula.
Also, it does not have as much fat as whole milk, so using it as a dairy replacement for children under 2 years of age should be discussed with your pediatrician or a registered dietitian, so as not to inhibit your child’s brain development.
Now the fun part! My taste-test revealed a smooth, earthy flavor with no bitter after taste. It doesn’t resemble the flavor of green peas, at all. The taste-testers included my two children and two adults (including me). Both children and one adult liked the straight drink enough to ask for more. I didn’t like it as an unaltered drink. I much prefer it in my morning cereal and as a coffee creamer. The consistency is thicker than dairy milk, but still thin with very little graininess. There is also very little scent.
Is Ripple Pea Milk right for you?
- Low in carbohydrates
- Good source of protein
- Contains heart-healthy fats
- Gluten, nut, and soy-free
- Sodium is higher than other milks
- Not fortified with vitamin B12
- Costly compared to alternatives
How much does Ripple Pea Milk cost?
When considering cost, Ripple Pea Milk is about a dollar more per 48-ounce container than a 64-ounce soy milk container and two dollars more than a gallon of dairy milk.
This makes it costlier than most other plant-based milks, which may put it outside of your grocery budget.
The bottom line
Ripple brand, Unsweetened Pea Milk is a low calorie, nutritious, plant-based milk with the added benefit of being nut, gluten, and soy-free. The taste was acceptable to adults and children when tried in a variety of uses. Also, it is more expensive than other dairy alternatives, so check your local retailers.
Groups that may benefit from this product are those that have lactose intolerance, a milk, nut, or soy allergy, celiac disease, and people with diabetes that need a low carbohydrate drink.
For more information about ingredients, learn about other pea-milk products, and to see the nutrition facts for yourself, go to www.ripplefoods.com.