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Does oat milk have more sugar than Coca-Cola? Claim is misleading [Video]

Oat milk is a popular new beverage, but a social media post claims it has more added sugar than soft drinks.

Lactose intolerance, among other reasons, has led to people choosing milk substitutes that meet their dietary needs. One of those new substitutes is oat milk, made from whole oats.  

But a viral tweet claims oat milk is not a healthy food. The tweet claims a brand of oat milk has more sugar than Coca-Cola. 

THE QUESTION

Does oat milk have more sugar than Coca-Cola? 

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This claim is misleading. The information in the article cited in the tweet presents misleading information, according to Dr. Melina Jampolis. 

WHAT WE FOUND

The article cited in the viral tweet says oat milk (from brand Oatly, specifically) contains maltose, which has a higher glycemic index than sugar in Coca-Cola. 

Glycemic index is definedby Harvard Health as a value assigned to foods based on …

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