Is Almond Milk Really Good For You?

Almond milk is a popular alternative for those who can’t tolerate cow dairy.  It’s gained a reputation for being healthy, but it’s wise to take a closer look at this beverage.

What is Almond Milk?

It’s basically just water and almonds, although there are flavored varieties (such as chocolate, cinnamon, strawberry…) that contain additional ingredients.  Whole almonds have a higher nutrient content than almond milk because the amount of water used to make the milk is much higher than the amount of almonds used.   

Health Benefits of Almond Milk

Almonds contain the following:

But keep in mind, the health benefits of almonds are greatly reduced in the process of making the milk.

Dangers of Store Bought Almond Milk

Due to its popularity, it’s easy to find almond milk on store shelves.  What’s not so easy though, is finding a decent brand that doesn’t contain the following:

If you are as strict about what you put in your body as I am, beware of the brand “Silk”.  In my research I found that Silk is suggested as a healthy option, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable drinking it. I will let you decide for yourself.

Silk Almond Milk Ingredients: (Filtered Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum, Ascorbic Acid (To Protect Freshness)

Homemade Almond Milk

If your heart’s still set on almond milk, there are some solutions.  You could make it at home.  I’ve never done it, but from what I’ve read the process is fairly simple and you can get creative with different flavors.

The obvious benefit of making almond milk at home is that you can control the ingredients.  This means no synthetic vitamins, thickeners, or carcinogens will be in your recipe.  You can also increase the percentage of almonds to get more nutrition.

Safe Almond Milk Brands

Although quality almond milk is hard to find in stores,there are some brands that I would recommend. Here are a few I found:

  • Malk - The only ingredients used are almonds, salt and water.  They also have other beverages that are equally trustworthy.  Malk claims their almonds are raw, so I sent them an email to find out where their almonds come from. They replied that their almonds are sourced from Europe. Not only are their almonds truly raw, but they are also sprouted.  
  • Three Trees - With only two ingredients, water and organic almonds, this is another excellent brand.  The almonds are steam pasteurized. 
  • Beber - Another brand that uses only safe, real ingredients. The chocolate almond milk contains raw organic cocoa powder and wildflower honey, which can be enjoyed as an occasional treat.

Word of Caution

Almonds are healthy as long as they are consumed in moderation. They are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which could lead to an imbalance in omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids.

In addition, some people have trouble digesting nuts.  For those on a gut healing diet, it’s best to restrict nuts until your digestive issues have been resolved.

My Opinion

After my research, I’m not very impressed by almond milk.  It doesn’t seem to live up to its reputation.

For me, the benefits of this beverage are not enough to make it worth the trouble of finding a healthy brand or making it at home.  Whole almonds, when soaked and sprouted, are probably a better option.  They have more nutrition and it’s always preferable to eat your calories, rather than drink them.

But I also understand it’s nice to sip on a beverage. And being the health conscious individual you are, you aren’t going to drink just anything.  In that case, almond milk can be a great option.  I say if you really enjoy it, view it as a treat. It may not be as nutritious as some claim, but provided you find the right source or make it yourself, you can feel free to enjoy it from time to time.

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