Is Almond Milk a Good Alternative?

Back in the day, when you went out and were told to stop and bring home some milk, the decision of what to get was pretty limited. Boy how times have changed. The supermarket aisle is littered with different milk options: conventional (yuck), organic, rice, almond, and coconut variations. If you’re avoiding milk because of pasteurization and/or the lactose, then almond milk may be your best choice.

Almond Milk

There are quite a few pros to using almond milk which are credited to the almonds. For one, almonds are high in Vitamin E and selenium; selenium is a mineral that has great anti oxidant benefits to it. Not only that, but Vitamin E and selenium happen to work synergistically with each other in the body so it’s a nice one-two punch.

Some people are lactose intolerant and lack the enzyme (lactase) to break cow’s milk down. If this is an issue, then almond milk can be used as a substitute. People who are neurotic about counting calories will love almond milk because it has no saturated fat in it and is generally low in calories. Plus it doesn’t taste all that bad.

However, there are several issues with using almond milk. For one, clearly those who have a nut allergy need to avoid it. However, some companies use an ingredient called carrageenan. Carrageenan is extracted from seaweed and can cause inflammation in the body. Regardless of your goals, you want to make sure inflammation is kept at a minimum because it can wreak havoc on your digestive, endocrine, and muscular systems. This is usually more of a problem with coconut milk, but you can catch it in almond milk once in a while.

So there are some basics about almond milk. Understand that just because something is stored in the “health” section of the grocery store doesn’t mean it may be best for you. Always remember to do your homework before you purchase an item.  All in all, if you purchase a good brand of almond milk then you’ll find it to be a good alternative.

 

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