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New Pea Milk Offers Improved Nutrition

California-based startup Ripple Foods debuts a pea drink with better nutrition than cow milk and boasts a minimal eco-footprint

Source: Ripple Foods

Pea Milk from Ripple Foods
Pea Milk from Ripple Foods

A new milk option is available for the health-conscious consumer: pea milk! The new alternative is derived from yellow split peas, which makes it dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free. The milk, sold under the name Ripple, contains 8 grams of plant-based protein per serving – the same protein content as two-percent dairy milk. Ripple has half the sugar of milk, 50 percent more calcium, and contains DHA omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin D.

The idea behind the product is that even the smallest action – such as drinking vegan milk – can have ripple effects on the health of the planet and its population. Hence the name of the company: Ripple Foods.

Ripple uses only natural ingredients and its bottles are made of 100 percent post-consumer PET plastic, which is completely recyclable. It uses 93 percent less water than dairy milk and its carbon footprint is significantly lower, the company states on Twitter.

Yellow peas, from which the flavorless protein can be extracted to create a milk-like product
Yellow peas, from which the flavorless protein can be extracted to create a milk-like product

The startup is based in California and recently secured one of the highest funding rounds for a food-tech company, raising $30 million. Ripple Foods was created in 2015 by two scientists, Neil Renninger and Adam Lowry, who say that figuring out how to process yellow peas has delivered a superior texture and taste, compared to almond, rice and soy drinks. As a result, pea milk has more body and richness than other dairy alternatives, so it is suitable for cooking.

According to media representatives who have tried and reviewed the milk in the last month, Ripple is indeed creamier and less chalky tasting than other milk substitutes. The product comes in four varieties – Original, Original Unsweetened, Vanilla and Chocolate – and Vanilla seems to be the favorite. Reviewers say the milk tastes nothing like peas, stirs-in nicely with hot coffee and, unfortunately, separates from a cold brew in the same way almond and soy milk do. All reviewers agree that the chocolate milk is not worthy.

Thanks to the secured funding, however, Ripple expects to launch more products by 2017. The company is considering dairy-free yogurt, cheese or ice cream. Currently, U.S. Consumers can locate Ripple's products through the company's site.   

Early release of Ripple products in Minneapolis Target stores, USA, July 19, 2016
Early release of Ripple products in Minneapolis Target stores, USA, July 19, 2016
Credit: Ripple Foods Twitter Page

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