The rich and creamy taste, along with its versatility, makes almond milk the perfect, maybe even a better alternative to cow’s milk; it is not just for people who are lactose intolerant or vegans, but also for those who are looking for a healthy alternative to your classic glass of diary milk.
But is almond milk good for you? Let’s find out:
1. Your heart will love it
Almond milk contains monounsaturated fats but no saturated fat or cholesterol, and very low sodium—which is a perfect mix for a healthy heart.
It contains Omega-3 fatty acids that has been shown to significantly reduce VLDL and triglyceride level. Along with its cholesterol lowering effects, the Vitamin E found in almonds, with its strong antioxidant activity, prevents the formation of heart diseases like coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and carcinogenesis.
2. It strengthens your bones
Almond milk is a good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium—all three of which are very important for keeping the bones strong. Although its calcium level is not as high as cow’s milk, almond milk does contain approximately 30% of recommended daily intake. It also has 25% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin D, which works in conjunction to calcium to keep your bones dense and strong. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of Calcium by your body.
3. It makes your skin look younger and radiant
Almond milk is rich in Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that reverses the effects of premature aging. It prevents wrinkle formation by neutralizing the damaging activity of free radicals. It promotes the production of collagen and accelerates the process of cell regeneration. It also helps with skin discoloration and scarring.
4. It keeps diabetes away
Plain, unsweetened, almond milk is very low in carbs– about 1.40 grams in 1 cup. It doesn’t spike up your blood sugar. It also has a low glycemic index which keeps the sugar level stable, and protects our pancreas and kidneys from damage caused by insulin spikes. Also, rather than being stored as fat, these carbs gets burned for fuel once they enter our body, which means no weight gain.
5. Filled with Vitamins and Minerals
Compared to many other cow’s milk alternatives such as soy or rice milk, almond milk contains the most amount of vitamins and minerals. Some of these includes Iron, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous and Selenium. While others are fortified with these nutrients, almond milk naturally contains them, which means if you choose to make some at home you will still get all of these benefits without the ugly additives.
6. They are great for your muscles
Although it doesn’t have lot of protein, almond milk does contain lots of Iron and Vitamin B, like Riboflavin.
Riboflavin is essential for the absorption of iron in our body. It helps our muscles to store energy. It is also important for glucose metabolism and fat oxidation Low levels of iron can cause muscle fatigability. Iron is crucial for the transport of oxygen because it is a part of both hemoglobin (oxygen transporter in blood) and myoglobin (oxygen transporter in muscles).
7. It tastes much better than cow’s milk
Many people are turned off by the strong taste of cow’s milk. Almond milk, with its nutty and mild taste, can be a refreshing alternative for them. You can use this in your cereals, use it as part of your green smoothie and even use it for cooking instead of diary milk.
Also, it is very low in calories, approximately 30 calories in unsweetened almond milk. So if you are looking to lose weight, almond milk is the way to go. It has lower calories than regular whole milk (146 calories), 2 percent, 1 percent and even its skimmed version.
8. You can make it in your own home very easily
In fact, I strongly recommend you to make your own because that way you know exactly what went into your milk. Many almond milks in cartons contains synthetic versions of Vitamins plus toxic additives like Carrageenan, which can cause inflammation in our digestive systems and even cancer, to enhance the texture of the milk.
Making pure almond milk is incredibly easy. All you need to do is soak the almonds overnight in water, and blend them up in the morning. That’s it. If you want it to be smoother, just strain the milk. although the pulp does have more calcium. If you feel a little adventurous, add some vanilla extract to it.
It is very easy, much easier than milking a cow.
In the comments below, tell me: Are you an almond milk drinker? If not, would you consider making the switch?