April 4, 2018

The Truth About Almond Milk (And What You're Really Drinking)

Do you drink almond milk? I know a lot of people do. Some people think it’s healthier than milk, while others buy it because they prefer the taste over cow’s milk. If you’ve been buying store-bought almond milk, guess what? The stuff in stores is not as good for you as you probably thought. Here’s the scoop:

Over the years, almond milk has grown in popularity, especially since we’ve become more aware of the issues with soy milk. You’ve probably heard that soy mimics estrogen, which can lead to hormonal imbalances, especially in women. Soy can increase the risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer, etc. and nobody wants that!

While many consumers love almond milk because it tastes delicious and doesn’t have the same issues associated with soy, the problem is that store-bought almond milk is not the highest quality. Manufacturers are in the habit of cutting corners by adding fillers and thickeners to make their product “seem” nutty, rich and creamy, but in reality, these “almond milks” contain very little real almonds!

How to Tell Which Manufacturers Are Cheating

It’s really easy to tell which manufacturers are cheating. All you have to do is figure out how much fat and protein are contained in actual almonds and compare that to the total amount in a serving of almond milk bought off the shelf.

For example, 1 ounce of almonds (about 23 almonds) contains 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat If you grab a carton of the best-selling unsweetened, unflavored brand of almond milk, you’ll see that one 8-oz serving contains just 1 gram of protein – that’s about 4 almonds per an 8-oz serving.

This means that an entire 32-oz container of almond milk contains only 16 almonds or 2/3-ounce of actual almonds. Therefore, about 31 and 1/3 ounces of the container is made up of water, thickeners, “natural flavors” and synthetic vitamins to “fortify” the product.

So, you’re paying about $2.00 to $3.00 for a container of almond milk, which contains about 20 cents of almonds. In other words, you’re paying a lot for thickened water with just a touch of real almond!

If you love nut milk (I know I do!), why spend money on “substitute almond milk” when you can make the real, nutritious stuff at home?

Here is a short video that explains how to make it:

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