What is almond milk?
“Milk” made from water and almonds, usually thinner in consistency than dairy milks.
Why choose almond milk over cow’s milk?
The most obvious reason is because it’s a plant milk, it doesn’t contain any lactose so is a great option for vegans or individuals who are lactose intolerant. It’s also good for those watching their calories, cholesterol, saturated fat and sugar consumption because it contains less of all those things than cow’s milk.
How is almond milk made?
It’s made by grinding soaked almonds in a blender with water and then straining out the fibery pulp of the almond seed so you’re left with milky liquid. Some manufacturers will add additional minerals such as calcium.
What kind of almond milk should I buy?
First and foremost, always buy unsweetened. The sweetened versions contain 4 teaspoons of added sugar per cup. Also try to buy a brand without carrageenan. Carrageenan is a thickening agent and is known to cause gastrointestinal inflammation. The almond milk you buy should contain water, almonds and calcium carbonate. Sometimes sunflower lecithin, which is an emulsifier, will be added along with sea salt.
How do I use almond milk?
It’s great as milk in cereals, beverages or in baking.