Should you be drinking it?
A few weeks ago, we experimented with making our own almond milk. While we think it’s delicious and a great alternative for people who are dairy-free, there’s pros and cons to all gluten- and dairy-free substitutions. We wanted to fill you in on some of these pros and cons of almond milk, so you can decide if you want to make the switch for good.
- It’s lactose-free. Since approximately 65 percent of the population is lactose intolerant, almond milk is a nutritious alternative to cow’s milk.
- It’s a great source of vitamin E. Almond milk has more vitamin E than cow’s milk. It also contains many other naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, so the almond milk you make at home is just as good as store-bought.
- It’s vegan. Another big pro for those who prefer not to consume animal products. This also means that almond milk doesn’t have any cholesterol.
- It’s low-calorie. Compared to regular milk and even other non-dairy milks, it’s one of the lowest-calorie options. Unsweetened almond milk usually only has around 30 calories, while sweetened comes in at about 60.
- It may have additives. It’s important to always read labels, as some plant-based milks can contain additives like carrageenan, which is derived from seaweed and is used as a stabilizer and thickener. This is another reason why we recommend making your own homemade almond milk!
- It usually has less protein than cow’s milk. While raw almonds are a great source of protein and calcium, most of these nutrients are lost during the processing into milk. Make sure to drink almond milk with a protein-rich meal.
- It’s not safe for people with nut allergies. Since almond is a tree nut, it can’t be safely consumed by people with nut allergies.
It’s important to know the facts and do your research before making any dietary change. What’s your take on almond milk?