The Benefits of Almond Milk

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 Benefits of almond milk

•  Almond milk is a great low-calorie alternative to cow’s milk

•  Ideal for people with sensitivities to dairy products

•  If vegetarian or vegan- many almond milks are fortified with D and B vitamins that are often found in animal products; thus, giving you the micro-nutrients you need/are missing in an animal product-free diet

•  People who suffer from diabetes can use almond milk as a great low-sugar/low-carb alternative to cow’s milk (be sure to choose the unsweetened version of almond milk at the store)

• Almonds are naturally high in vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great anti-inflammatory agent and helps to combat stress in the body- one cup of almond milk equates to, depending on the brand, about 30% of your daily requirement of vitamin E – this could be used as a benefit to combating COVID

• Almond milk is also fortified with calcium so it is still a great source of calcium when used as a replacement to cow’s milk- ensure the brand you choose is using calcium carbonate as oppose to tricalcium phosphate. The latter is more difficult for your body to absorb

• Almond milk is very easy to add to your diet- you can add it to your cereals, coffee, smoothies, teas, and most any baking/cooking that calls for cow’s milk – when doing this be sure to use unsweetened unflavored option. The vanilla option may not taste very good in your mashed potatoes!

 

Almond milk sensitivities

•  If you suffer from thyroid issues almond milk may not be the alternative for you because almonds are a goitrogenic, thus containing substances that can negatively effect the thyroid gland.

•  Tree nut allergies can make you unable to consume almond milk. If this is you, take a look at these other great alternatives to cow’s milk:

 

Alternatives to almond milk and their benefits

• Soy milk: often fortified with the same vitamin as almond milks. Still low in calories as compared to cow’s milk. Soy milk is higher in protein than almond milk.

• Oat milk: a bit higher in calories then almond milk. Much thicker and gives more of the milk-like consistency to your coffee, teas, and smoothies. Unique to other milk-alternatives in that it is high in soluble fiber and free of allergens as opposed to it’s soy/nut counterparts.

• Coconut milk: coconut milk offers a great flavor profile to add to coffees and smoothies. Great source of antioxidants and electrolytes.

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