You can increasingly find almond milk at the supermarket wherever you are in the world.
Typically almond milk will have added vitamins and minerals which makes the commercially found milk wholly nutritious.
Almond milk frequently contains added vitamin D, B-Vitamins, calcium and protein, making this quite similar to regular cow milk in nutritional content.
In addition, almond milk is naturally rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E.
|Per 100ml (RDI=Recommended Daily Intake)||Almond Milk||Cow’s (Whole) Milk|
|Calories||13 kcal||64 kcal|
|Vitamin D||15% of the RDI||0% of the RDI|
|Vitamin E||20% of the RDI||3% of the RDI|
|Riboflavin (B2)||15% of the RDI||17% of the RDI|
|B12||15% of the RDI||16% of the RDI|
|Calcium||15% of the RDI||15% of the RDI|
Low in Calories
Almond milk which is bought commercially generally has a low calorie and fat content which is due to the fact that the milk is watered down. This is great news if you are looking to manage your calorific intake and control your weight.
However, not all almond milk is the same and some types have higher almond contents which although contains a higher calorific intake, it makes for a much better nutrient-dense drink.
You should always seek to find unsweetened, naturally occurring almond milk as this provides a richer nuttier taste and will not cause a spike in your blood sugar levels – a great choice for diabetics.
Dairy Free and Gluten Free
Almond milk contains no lactose! This is great for people who are lactose intolerant and unable to digest milk adequately. Almond milk will not lead to bloating or stomach inflammation making it a great source for everyone.
Furthermore almond milk is typically free from dairy, gluten and soy. Making it a great choice for vegans and people unfavourable to dairy.
A Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Almond milk provides an equally good source of calcium as that of cow’s milk. Which is important as calcium is needed for the strengthening of bones, teeth and tissue cells. Therefore, calcium intake will reduce the risk of osteoporosis, which is a condition associated with weak bones and fractures.(2)
The nut-based milk provides Vitamin D which is great for the skin and also reduces the risk of brittle bones and weak muscles.(5)
Easy to Make Your Own
As aforementioned most of the commercially available almond milk, or any other nut milk for that matter, is approximately 95% water. Therefore if you truly want to get the full nutritious content from almond milk you are best advised to make it yourself!
Having said that it is just as quick and easy to make almond milk as it is to make a smoothie!
Step1: Soak 250 grams organic raw almond nuts in cold water for eight to ten hours.
By soaking the almonds you help to remove phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors (found in the coatings of nuts) so that your digestive system can easily absorb all of the precious vitamins and minerals from the almonds.
Soaking the nuts also initiates the germination process (so long as the nuts are raw) and deactivates the almond’s enzyme inhibitors which significantly increases the nutrient continent of the nut.(6)
Step2: Once soaked, blend the almonds with 500 ml of water (you can add as much water depending on the consistency you desire to achieve).
Step 3: Strain the blended mixture through a nut-milk bag or a fine mesh strainer.
Step 4: Store your fresh almond milk in the fridge where it will last for up to three days and shake or stir before you drink.
The almond residue collected in the nut-milk bag or strainer can be used for smoothies or even for baking purposes.
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