Rice milk? Seriously? We've all experienced the yumminess rice can add to a meal and what fun it is to shower a newly wed couple with it, but to sip it from a glass seems a little unusual.
OK, perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit. You don't really sip the grains from a glass.
Rice milk is generally made from brown rice that's boiled, blended, and strained. It's a bit more complicated than that, but you get the gist. We'll talk details below.
Although the consistency of this milk is thinner than most of the other options, the naturally sweet taste makes it quite delicious. It's often a translucent liquid.
Still wondering why anyone would be interested?
Well, people that suffer from lactose intolerance or nut/soy allergies, usually find rice milk to be a great alternative. Rice related allergies are very uncommon, so that's a plus.
Also, there is no cholesterol, so that's always good. Unfortunately, that's pretty much all this milk has to offer in terms of nutrition.
It is higher in calories and carbs than most of the other options we've explored. High calorie and high carb foods have a tendency to lead to weight gain, if not consumed in moderation.
Compared to other options available, this milk is rather nutrient deficient. It has significantly less protein and calcium content, and practically no bone or teeth health benefits at all. Most commercial brands, however, fortify their products with Vitamins A, B, & D, calcium, and iron.
Although commercial brands may add essential nutrients, it's probably best to make your own. Here's why....
Most brands have a tendency to add sweeteners to their products to make the taste a bit more pleasing to their customers. While the gesture is nice to the tongue, it's hell on the hips! Sweeteners seriously boost the calorie count.
Then there's always the "additives" debacle. These additives cause cancer, those cause diabetes, they all cause a lot of unnecessary headaches.
Lately, some brands have been involved in a bit of controversy also. Traces of arsenic have been showing up in some very popular brands. The appearance of arsenic is possibly linked to the pesticides used in the rice field. Though the levels found in these brands are low, they are still larger than the amount that is allegedly "safe" for people to consume.
So if you must partake, please try making it a home first. A little effort goes a long way.
Here's a great recipe, that I even liked, and I'm sure you'll like it too.