Have you ever wondered how many almonds there are in almond milk?
At present, the trend of traditional cow’s milk for plant based milk is intensively increasing. I personally enjoy seeing these changes as it is often forgotten that in order to get milk intended for sale, small calves are separated from the mother and are deprived of food intended for them.
In addition to that, we hear more and more often about food allergies and cow’s milk elimination recommended by doctors. I also had such a recommendation when I was breastfeeding and my son was suspected of having a cow’s protein allergy.
Although I am not a fan of cow’s milk and consumed only small amounts, I decided to give it up completely and replace with plant alternatives to make sure there is no cow’s protein streaming in my body.
First choice that came to my mind – Almond milk!
Considering the fact that almonds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants, I thought that this will me a smart choice. At first it didn’t make any difference to me but after a few days of drinking one or 2 glasses a day I instinctively felt that something is not right.
I looked at the label what is actually there?
So do you have any idea just how many actual Almonds is in almond milk”?
Shockingly true! almost none!
Price wise it makes sense, to produce 100% almond base milk would cost a fortune.
What exactly is commercial almond milk is made of?
It’s typically a combination of almonds, water, sweetener, thickener such as carrageenan and often added vitamins A, E, and D.
This “milk” contains hardly any almonds, but is mostly water, added sugars, thickeners (to convince you that your product is bursting with almonds) and a smattering of vitamins to help product to look good for your health.
Producers use many marketing tricks on the ingredient list, such as listing the #1 ingredient as “almond base” which means is made of almond and water. This subtly deceptive wording enables the manufacturer to put almonds right at the top of the list, when in reality the “almond base” equals mostly water content.
For much better results, it’s easier and healthier to make your own almond or other nut milks!
This is one of the tutorials that I have been using– How To Make Your Own Almond milk. from the #CookingFoodie:
I would love to know your thoughts about cow’s milk and plant base alternatives. Which one do you prefer?