Why We’re Going Nuts for Almond Milk

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by Diana Chaloux 1 Comment

Alternative milk products are becoming more and more popular. Many people look to non-dairy options mainly due to lactose intolerance or because of the tremendous health benefits they have to offer.  And although there are a number of cow milk alternatives out there, we believe that almond milk should stand out the most.  Almond milk is an excellent alternative option to cow’s milk—whether you’re lactose intolerant or not!!

Almond milk in a nutshell

Almond milk is the product of a simple combination of almonds and water. Almonds are among the healthiest nuts in the world and their nutritional value can be extracted by grinding them up and using them for milk.

Almond milk also has a longer shelf life than that its dairy counterparts. The proteins contained by almonds differ from what you find in cow’s milk and allow for a much longer consumable time period.

Even better news—almond milk is gluten free!  Plus, we think that almond milk tastes even better than another popular non-dairy option, soy milk.

Delicious and nutritious

Almond milk is getting a lot of hype these days, and for good reason. Sure, it’s an excellent alternative to milk for those who are lactose intolerant or just plain hate the taste of dairy. The truth is, though, that almond milk has many merits that make it a product that you should include in your daily diet anyway!!

One of almond milk’s attractions is the fact that it’s overflowing with vitamins and minerals. One serving of almond milk can supply your body with a tremendous amount of the nutrients you need such as vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc and calcium.

A lot of these vitamins and minerals help maintain bone strength. Calcium fortifies your bones while vitamin E allows the calcium to be absorbed. Manganese plays an active role in activating enzymes throughout the body and, coupled with phosphorous, helps reinforce bones and teeth.

Almond milk’s nutrients aid the body beyond the bones as well. Its supply of selenium is good for the functioning of the immune system and for the metabolism of the thyroid gland. The magnesium helps break down the food you consume and convert into energy.  Potassium, on the other hand, helps maintain normal blood pressure. The large amounts of antioxidants found in almonds make almond milk an excellent preventer of various cancers and heart diseases, too!

There’s always a catch, or is there?

One of the major tragedies of this world is that almost everything that tastes good or has a high vitamin and mineral content also makes you fat. Cow milk serves as a good example of one of these products.  Even when you remove the fat from cow’s milk, it still carries a large amount of sugar, calories and carbohydrates.

Lucky for us, almond milk stands out as an exception to this unfortunate circumstance. It contains absolutely no sugar, yet it still has a delicious taste. Also, with only 3 grams per 8 ounce serving, almond milk contains very little fat. While cow milk contains 5 grams of saturated fat and is high in cholesterol, almond milk contains neither of these hindrances to your personal health and fitness.  So drink up!!!

One of almond milk’s major attractions is its calorie count. You only find 40 calories per 8 ounce serving, which stands in stark contrast to the 146 grams you consume with the same serving of cow milk. Besides the enormous amount of vitamins and minerals contained by almond milk, those measly 40 calories are also accompanied by 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of fiber.

As you can see, almond milk has some serious perks. While it doesn’t contain as much protein as cow’s milk, the incredible amount of vitamins and minerals it provides comes at no cost. You don’t have to worry about excessive fat, calories, or carbs. Almond milk is one of those rare products that can nourish your body without the weight gain.

So the next time you’re browsing the dairy aisle, we challenge you to skip over the regular milk and maybe even walk past the soy milk section.  Give almond milk a try—your bones and waistline will thank you!!

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