The Almond Milk Advantage
What is almond milk?
Almond milk is a liquid made from blended almonds. The almonds are soaked overnight in water to soften them before being blended and strained to make a ‘milk’ alternative. Salt and/or sweeteners, such as honey, may be added.
A 100ml serving of fortified almond milk typically contains:
- 4g protein
- 1g fat
- 1g carbohydrates
- 4 fiber
- 120mg calcium
- 4mcg vitamin B12
- 75mcg vitamin D
What are the health benefits of almond milk?
1. Dairy-free and vegan
Almond milk is a plant-based drink and is dairy-free, making it a suitable option for those with a cow’s milk allergy or for those following a vegan diet.
2. Naturally lactose-free
Lactose intolerance is a condition whereby someone is unable to digest the sugar naturally found in animal milks, called lactose. Almonds are naturally lactose-free making almond milk a suitable alternative for someone with this condition.
3. Low in calories
When compared with other ‘milks’, almond milk provides one of the least amounts of calories, with levels varying from 30 to 55 kcal per 100ml. This makes it a useful option for those counting calories.
4. Excellent source of vitamin E
Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant helping to maintain healthy skin and eyes, as well as supporting the immune system.
5. Is almond milk suitable for everyone?
Most people are able to enjoy almond milk, however, there are some considerations:
Almond milk is not suitable for those with a tree nut allergy, and should be avoided if you have one.
Vegans and those following a predominantly plant-based diet should opt for fortified almond ‘milks’ to ensure they are achieving all the vitamins and minerals they need.