The oats we use are grown according to organic cultivation methods. But because our oat drink is produced on real oats, we need to add vitamins in the finished product to make the batch match the content written on the carton every time. According to legislation and law, we therefor cannot call it organic.
From an article from the Food Administration called “Guidance on the addition of vitamins, minerals and certain other substances for food” (Vejledning om tilsætning af vitaminer, mineraler og visse andre stoffer til fødevarer):
“Companies may only voluntarily add other vitamins, minerals or certain other substances to organic foods when the addition is mandatory for the food in other legislation”.
About organic plant drinks on the market
The organic plant drinks available on the market are organic because they, for most part, are not based on real oats. They are often based on a product called hydrolyzed oat syrup.
Hydrolyzed oat syrup is prepared by removing the starch from the oat and soften it in hot water before adding an enzyme made from a bacteria. The enzyme “cuts” the starch in short strands of glucose. When this has happened, you add a new enzyme that converts shorts strands of glucose to pure glucose molecules. This is the product called hydrolyzed oat syrup.
The advantage of hydrolyzed oat syrup is that it is completely uniform and this you mix with salt, water and oil before sending it through a UHT-system (ultra high temperature) and directly into the carton. Hydrolyzed oat syrup is primarily used because it is easy to work with and is extremely cheap.
When using hydrolyzed oat syrup as a base for oat drink, it may end up with an organic produkt that at some point had something to do with with oats. But we don’t believe it is healthy. And when writing on the packaging that “the sweetness alone comes from the oats” it is not wrong. But what you forget to write is that it is ONLY the sweetness that comes from the oats. There are no vitamins, minerals, beta-glucans (fiber) or anything else in the product. Is it wrong here to ask: Is it even an oat drink?
It is important for us to say that we also use an enzyme in our production but it primarily has the function that we get a higher content of fibers in our products called beta-glucans.
The type of peas we use to produce our Pea Drink cannot be found in an organic version.