Oatly on a carb-free diet??

I'm a low carb fanatic, but also a vegetarian going on vegan, currently anxious to replace my double cream in coffee with a kinder version.
Looking at the data, Oatly looks a fairly heavy carb alternative.  If you have any advice, I would appreciate it.


  • Hi Catherine! Thank you for your question!

    Both oat drink and milk contain protein, carbohydrates and fat, though in slightly different proportions. There are no added sugars in oat drink but oats contain natural sugar maltose, compared with the lactose.

    The fat in oat drink is mostly unsaturated, both from the oats and from the added rapeseed oil. Oats also contain fiber, where the betaglucans have a cholesterol lowering effect. Cow's milk, on the other hand, mainly consists of saturated fat, lack fiber and have a higher protein content. The enriched oat drink (blue carton) contains vitamin D, riboflavin, calcium, and vitamin B12, corresponding with the vitamin and mineral level in milk.

    We believe that a nutritionally balanced drink should contain carbohydrates, fat and protein. At the same time, it's important to remember that it's the diet as a whole that must be taken into consideration.

    I hope this information helps you with the needs you require, please feel free to contact us again if you have any other queries.

    All the best,
  • Hei,

    I was browsing the site for a research article on Oatly and thought this question got a different answer than needed.

    As written elsewhere - "There is 4 g maltose/100 ml in Oatly's oat drink which is comparable to the lactose in cow's milk (less than 5 g/100 ml)." The carton may show a higher amount of carbs because of dietary fiber which doesn't add to sugars. (You have to subtract the fibers from total carbs on many product labels.)

    On a low-carb or keto diet, you would obviously want to reduce your carb intake - whether Oatly or other milks. An important thing to know here is that everyone's body is different, so even though your keto plan may recommend "no more than 20g of carbs", there's absolutely no need to be religious about it. (Low-carb diets hinder your carb metabolic cycle to an extent that your body is unable to process fats as it normally would. 20g is an arbitrary number for this to happen.) Many people get the same weight-loss results with 50g of carbs, so do dare to explore your own limits. Finally, as answered above, it's the diet as a whole that must be taken into consideration.

    Hope this helps.

    Puja Thiel
  • Hi Puja,

    Thank you for providing us with this feedback along with this further insight into carbohydrate intakes.

    We agree with you that it's important to remember that one must take into consideration their diet as a whole, and that everyone's body is different so it's important to find out what works best for you.

    All the best,

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