Friday, September 27, 2013

Almond milk vs. Cow's milk

When you think of milk you may think of calcium and strong bones. You may also remember the old slogan “milk: does a body good”, or images of attractive celebrities showing off their milk mustaches. The dairy industry has done a fantastic job of selling the American public on the health benefits of their product for generations. They do not even have to tell us how great it is anymore because they have convinced our elders to pass down the message to their children, clients, patients, and loved ones.

Almond milk, like soy milk, is an alternative to cow's milk. This fortified beverage, made from almonds, has a surprisingly rich and creamy taste. Lower in calories and fat than regular cow's milk, it is high in vitamins, such as vitamin E. Like cow's milk and fortified soy milk, almond milk boasts an impressive dose of bone-building calcium.  Almond milk has a very high nutritional value and, unlike cow's milk, is safe for those who are lactose intolerant or have gluten and casein allergies.

The Nutritional Value of Almond Milk

Almond milk is one of the most nutritionally valuable milk substitutes available today. It is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc and calcium. Almond milk is low in calories, at only 40 calories per eight ounce serving, and low in fat. It contains only three grams of fat per eight ounce serving. Almond milk is lactose, gluten, casein and cholesterol free; it's also free of saturated fats.  It has no cholesterol, making it extremely healthy for people who have problems with high cholesterol and fats containing omega-3 which is a great help to strengthen the circulatory system and to clean it. 
Yes, almond milk has less chemical contamination than dairy.
Animal foods do tend to concentrate chemical compounds more than plant foods. So your almond milk is likely to have less contamination from chemicals than any other dairy product. This is a big plus for plant based milks – as long as you’re not allergic to nuts or make yourself allergic to them by overdoing it.  Lessening your chemical load is a good strategy for long term health.  When buying almond milk I tend to buy Silk brand it is free of carrageenan.

So take from this your own thoughts but I know personally I prefer to drink almond milk over traditional cows milk.

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