Almonds are very healthy to add to your diet, they will offer you a lot of health benefits. They are full of healthy fats, proteins, flavonoids, antioxidants, and beneficial phenols. Apart from eating them, you can also buy almond milk. A lot of people usually drink this milk due to the fact that they believe that it has a lot of health benefits. Part of this is true. If you add the almond milk to your diet, it will give you a lot of benefits and body energy. However, it is not as healthy as everyone believes it to be.
In fact, the almond milk that you purchase in the stores has a lot more water and additives, more than almonds. So, the average carton of the milk only has a handful of almonds.
In the UK, in the almond milk brand Alpro, have only been found 2% of almonds inside, the rest of it is a mixture of sweeteners, water, added A, E, D vitamins, and carrageenan (a thickening agent).
So, if you want to obtain all the nutrients you will need to drink the whole carton. This is why the there are not a lot of calories inside. One cup is only 30 calories, whereas a serving of almonds has 160 calories. Plus, the nut milk costs 4 dollars per half a gallon.
Naturally, all of these facts have not been presented in the public because the almond milk industry has to make some profits.
Why Should You Stop Buying Almond Milk?
In 2014, White Wave, which is a plant-based company which reported their sales in the first quarter to be increased by 50% over the previous year’s totals. Therefore, it is expected that with the growth of the sales the industry to net 1.7 billion dollars in sales.
Also, the additives of this milk include a common thickener, Carrageenan, which can cause inflammation of the digestive tract.
Both doctors and nutritionists are recommending everyone to stop buying milk which is a mixture of water, additives, sweeteners and only a couple of almonds. Therefore, we would advise you to start preparing your own almond milk. This way, you can add as many almonds as you would like and you will be able to add all the nutrients you need and to avoid all the harmful sweeteners and additives.
It is actually very easy to prepare. The only thing you need to do is soak raw, organic almonds in water overnight, and blend them with 3 cups of water in a heavy duty blender int he morning. Afterward, strain it with a cheesecloth. In order to make the flavor richer, you can add cinnamon or vanilla extract. Finally, transfer it to a mason jar and keep in the fridge up to 3 days.
That is all! Enjoy your homemade and healthy almond milk!