Almond milk is made by mixing finely blended, strained almonds with water and has a pleasant creamy, nutty taste. It is becoming increasingly popular as an excellent alternative to cow’s milk and other non-dairy milk, such as soya milk. Unlike cow’s milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol, lactose or animal by-products, making it is ideal for vegans and those with a dairy intolerance.
Although almond milk can now be readily found in most supermarkets, the mass produced types often contain unnecessary additives, such as thickeners, sweeteners or flavours (such as vanilla or chocolate) so we would recommend making your own at home using almonds and water in a blender. It is not only quick and simple, but tastes great too!
Almond milk is a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamin E, vitamin D, zinc, iron, calcium and magnesium.
Some people may be wary of almond milk due to its high fat content. However, it is important to remember that these are not saturated fats but polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are ‘good’ fats and an essential part of a healthy diet, helping to protect your heart and cognitive function.
100g serving of almond milk contains:
17 kcal, 0.62g protein, 1.46g fat, 0.57g carbohydrate
As well as having a rich, creamy taste, almond milk can also deliver a myriad of health benefits. It is a great choice if you are trying to lower your fat and calorie intake, with just 17 calories per 100g, and containing no saturated fats. A good source of vitamin E, it can help to prevent cancer and slow down the signs of ageing, whilst the flavonoids present can protect you from diabetes and osteoporosis.
Almond milk is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and protect your heart, while calcium and vitamin D are important for strong bones and teeth and to regulate your blood pressure.
Unlike cow’s milk where they are added, the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in almond milk are not only abundant but naturally-occurring.