Some of our readers have been looking for dairy-free milk substitutes for some time. Whether you are lactose intolerants, a vegan who refuses to drink milk from cows, or you just find cow’s milk disgusting, almond milk may well be the dairy-free substitute you’ve been looking for.
Is almond milk a good cow milk alternative?
Milk is such a vital part of today’s diet for many people. Coffee (milk please!), sandwich (cheese please!), and don’t even get me started on delicious cream based recipes.
The problem is, none of these is very alkaline or healthy. So rather than cow’s milk, why not try drinking soy or almond milk. Today we’re exploring whether almond milk is a good cow milk alternative.
I love almonds, they are super tasty, fun to eat and super alkaline snacks. They truly make me go nutty 🙂
So when someone gave me a glass of almond mill to try, I was intrigued. It wasn’t on my list of things I was desperate to try (not a big fan of the taste of soy milk), but seeing I love almonds, I reluctantly took the glass and took a sip. It was delicious.
Is it almond milk healthy though?
The people at lifehack have done all the work for me and have written an article outlining the 11 Benefits of Almond Milk
The benefits of almond milk according to them are:
1. It helps with weight management.
2. It keeps your heart healthy.
3. It keeps your bones strong (see below though)
4. It keeps your skin glowing.
5. It barely impacts your blood sugar.
6. It contributes to muscle strength and healing.
7. It keeps your digestion in check.
8. It doesn’t contain lactose.
9. It tastes better than cow’s milk.
10. It doesn’t require refrigeration.
11. It’s easy to make.
(read the full article here)
This is a great list, and it certainly seems that almond milk is healthy.
Just make sure you scan the label when buying almond milk. You want to buy the almond milk with the lowest amount of preservatives and additives, like with any other food products.
How healthy is almond milk?
Dr Weil, who I’ve been following for some years has his own opinion of how healthy almond milk really is. His article can be found here.
Dr Weil warns that almond milk doesn’t provide the same amount of protein to be direct substitute for cow’s milk – this obviously is not a major issue as long as you get that protein from somewhere else.
I was always told to drink plenty of milk to have strong bones, so how does almond milk compete on that level? It turns out not that good. While almonds provide calcium, they do not provide as much as cow’s milk. On the flip side, almond milk is much lower in calories so there’s less of a chance of getting fat drinking almond milk.
Dr Weil also explains that almond milk contains monounsaturated fat. This is good news for your heart.
Should you drink almond milk?
It seems almond milk is tasty, healthy, and a great alternative to cow’s milk.
Go ahead and buy some almond milk, try it out yourself and let me know in the comments below what you think of almond milk.