Is almond milk healthy?

Whether you have trouble digesting dairy or have a true allergy or sensitivity, you may be turning to alternative milk sources for your morning bowl of cereal, smoothie or coffee.

Enter, almond milk, which has become increasingly popular as a dairy substitute. We wanted to address some of the misguided health perceptions surrounding the benefits of almond and as well as other non-dairy nut milks.

For starters, almond milk actually provides little if any of the whole almond’s glowing qualities such as fiber, healthy fat, protein, magnesium or other minerals, and antioxidants. But that’s not all.

Here’s our take on the topic: We decided to break the criticism of almond milk into a few different issues.

1. Added sugar:  The amount of sugar added to the majority of the brands contain from 7 – 16 grams of added sugar. That equates to about 2-4 teaspoons per cup.

Carageenen: Many brands of almond and other nut milks contain an additive called carageenan (a processed seaweed), which can cause digestive issues.

As you can see,  almond milk is not without its flaws.  However, you will note that we often do use almond milk in some of our recipes, though it is NOT to get the benefit of almonds.

FYI, almond milk is not the only dairy alternative milk with these flaws. Any trip down a supermarket aisle and you will see many different kinds of milks, from almond and cashew to flax, hemp and oat milks. Each should be evaluated for the same criteria, as they all can fall into similar traps.

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