Dec 13, 2013

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Benefits of Almond Milk

Benefits of Almond MilkBuying milk is far from easy these days. When you head down the dairy isle at your local grocery store, you’ll find whole milk, skim milk, 2 percent milk, soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk and almond milk to name a few. The list goes on and on. Milk has taken many shapes and forms since the days of the milk on your childhood bowl of cereal, where the only milk choice you had was the milk your parents purchased. Almond milk contains more nutrients than any other dairy milk or dairy milk alternative on the market –such as rice milk. Almond milk is also a great dairy alternative for individuals with soy or lactose intolerance. Below are some of the many benefits of almond milk.

Benefits of Almond Milk

  • Almond milk is great for individuals who are looking to manage their weight. Almond milk that does not contain added flavorings or sugars contains approximately 60 calories per 8 ounce glass. WIth such low amounts of sugar, almond milk is also great for those with diabetes.
  • Almond milk is great for your heart health. It contains zero cholesterol and very little sodium (only 5 mg per serving). Drinking, using almond milk on cereal or as an ingredient in recipes is great for maintaining heart health and maintaining a normal blood pressure.
  • Almond milk contains protein. Protein is great for those looking to build muscle as well as those looking to lose weight. Protein helps to aid in muscle recovery and also helps to keep you feeling full (this will help prevent unwanted snacking throughout the day).
  • Build strong, healthy bones while consuming almond milk. Almond milk contains 30 percent of the recommend value of calcium and 25 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin D. Calcium and Vitamin D work together in men, women and children of all ages to build strong, healthy bones.
  • This type of milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin E. Vitamin E has powerful antioxidant properties that can help to regulate the use and availability of vitamin A. This can mean a healthy, radiant complexion.
  • Almond is also great for the health of your eyes. The Vitamin A that is found in almond milk can help to keep your eyes functioning properly and allow your eyes to easily adjust to different types of lighting.
  • Almond Milk has a longer shelf life. If you often find yourself tossing milk down the drain, almond milk may be for you. You can reap the health benefits without the waist.
  • Almond Milk does come in flavors. If you have a household full of children who love chocolate milk, they can enjoy chocolate almond milk while you enjoy knowing the health benefits they are receiving.

Almond milk has many benefits for your entire body from your eyes all the way down to the bones in your feet. Almond milk is beneficial for individuals of all ages. This diary alternative allows you to enjoy a delicious glass of milk with many added benefits.

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  • Diamond Grant

    My son has a milk and soy allergy. He is getting ready to hit the point where he should transition from formula to whole milk, but because of his allergy I think he may have to try an alternative and almond milk seems like a good one if he can tolerate it. I like that it provides vitamins that are good for bones, eyes, and just the body as a whole.

    • Julia

      As long as he doesn’t have an almond allergy, almond milk should be very beneficial to him! Since he has a soy allergy, I would definitely recommend getting him tested for almond allergies before you give him almond milk. The chance of him having an allergy to more than one thing are very high. You don’t want to risk him having a negative reaction to it! That would be so scary. Best of luck to you.

    • Danny

      My sister is lactose intolerant as are her two kids. They have used soy milk and almond milk. Of the two they prefer almond milk and have even gotten me to try it on a handful of occasions. It actually tastes a lot better than soy- in my opinion- and as this article points out has many great health benefits that you would not normally expect,

  • Mara

    We have had some issues trying to find milk that was satisfying for my 8 month old son. I of course started out breast feeding, but now we are just simply trying to find a good alternative/supplement for his needs as a growing little human. I never thought about trying almond milk, but would be weary simply because of the nut allergies that are capable of forming. We have opted for goat milk and it has done tremendously well for our son. But the older family members tend to lean more towards drinking almond milk, or putting it on their cereal. Yummy stuff!

    • T.J.

      I honestly have never tried almond milk but I am tempted to, especially now after reading this article and finding out even more amazing things this milk substitute can do. I need to start eatting healthier so maybe this is a good first step for me.

  • Julia

    I never knew there were so many benefits of almond milk! I have always just made sure that I drink a lot of regular milk that I never considered an alternative. I’ll definitely start drinking this to help strengthen my bones and to lose weight. The variety of flavors will also be nice for a change as well!

    • Joy

      I just had a conversation with my mom a few moments ago over the phone and she swears by almond milk. Her doctor suggested it to her as an aging woman for many of the benefits it provides that are listed in the post above. Helping to build strong bones in particular is important to her because she was diagnosed with early stages of osteoporosis, so anything to help her maintain bone strength is a good choice.

    • Danny

      I have used almond milk before but never regularly. After reading this article, I will most definitely be using it more often! I never would have guessed that something so simple would have so many benefits for bones joints and other health issues. This article was a real eye opener!

  • Joy

    I am lactose intolerant but often crave the taste of milk. I have been unable to find a substitute option that I like in terms of flavor. Thus, I have kind of given up and strayed away from milk altogether. Reading all of these benefits (most of which I did not know) makes me think that I should give Almond ilk a try. I probably pass by it in the dairy aisle and haven’t even given it a second look.

  • Sarah Jo Coryell

    As someone who is lactose intolerant buying milk is even harder than it is for many. I recently discovered almond milk and was amazed at how good it tastes. I am even more amazed now to see the many health benefits that this milk substitute has. I am glad I found it and that I made almond milk a part of my daily diet.

    • T.J.

      I have never tried almond milk but have been tempted to because I have heard so many people talking about it. I know a few people who drink almond milk instead of cows milk and they have told me about how good it tastes and how good it is for you, Maybe I will break down and finally try some.

  • Lisa W

    I’m a little confused by the wording in this article. It says, “Almond milk contains more nutrients than any other dairy milk.” Other dairy milk? So does almond milk have dairy in it? I am not a vegan but I’m curious what officially makes something a “dairy” product.

  • Ophelia

    I have had Type 2 Diabetes for 6 years now. Paying attention to my diet is something I neglected to do for too long and now it is no longer an option. My research pointed me toward coconut milk and it sounds like almond milk offers a lot of the same advantages. What are some of the differences between the two?