It’s Monday morning and you find yourself ordering a skinny, caramel, almond milk latte…why? Because it’s trendy? Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant or simply just prefer the taste, drinking almond milk does come with many health benefits, we’re finding out a little more about the truth behind almond milk.
What Is Almond Milk?
Almond milk is a dairy-free alternative to conventional milk that is made by blending almonds into a pulp which is then mixed with water. Many manufacturers add nutrients and sweetener to this mixture to give it a nutritious and creamy taste.
What Are The Benefits?
Low In Calories
If you’re trying to lose weight, switching to dairy free may be for you…almond milk is 50% lower in calories than conventional milk and doesn’t contain any cholesterol as it is a plant based food. A cup of Almond milk contains just 60 calories when compared with cow’s milk which contains 102 calories.
Low In Fat
Almond milk is low in fat and cholesterol, but high in energy, lipids, protein and fibre, good news if you’re watching your waistline. It contains omega-3 fatty acids which help lower levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in the body and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Good Source Of Vitamins & Minerals
Almond milk, like almonds, is a good source of vitamin A, D, E, B12, Zinc and Copper, all of which have essential uses within the body. If you’re looking to up your intake of vitamins and minerals, fortified almond milk is a wise choice; it outperforms cow’s milk significantly on nutrient content.
Good For Your Heart
If you suffer from high blood pressure, switching to almond milk may help reduce your symptoms. Almond milk has been found to help lower blood pressure, namely because it doesn’t contain any cholesterol; the fat that clogs up in your arteries causing high blood pressure. Almond milk is also high in omega-3 fatty acids which have protective effects on the cardiovascular system that help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
It’s Easy To Make
Almond milk can be made easily at home using almonds, water and something to sweeten it a little such as maple syrup. Here’s homemade almond milk recipe we love!