Is there some reason for which you cannot consume cow’s milk? Taste, health whatever be the reason, there is definitely an option here. Almond milk. Yes, and if you like the taste of this rich nut, almond milk should be your pick. It can be made simply by blending almonds with water and then sieving it to get the milk. Honey or other sweeteners can be added.
This can be a great add-on to your daily intake if you are on a diet. Almond milk has lesser calories i.e. 60 calories in a cup, as opposed to cow’s milk, in fact even lesser than skimmed cow’s milk.
Benefits of almonds for skin and hair are known worldwide. A storehouse of vitamin E, almond milk contains 50% of the daily recommended value.
Cow’s milk has a relatively low shelf life as compared to almond milk. So because of its longevity, almond milk is very convenient to take for travelling purposes or to places where there is no comfort of a refrigerator.
Bone And Muscle Strength
Almond milk is high in calcium, protecting bones from its various diseases, though as compared to cows milk the content of calcium and protein is lesser. Almond milk contains B vitamins like iron and riboflavin which are important components of muscle growth.
Almond milk has low cholesterol, no saturated fat and is also less sodium content. This makes it a healthy alternative for persons suffering from various heart ailments and blood pressure, as the healthy fats are also present in ample amount.
This milk has low glycemic value, and all the sugar gets converted to energy and not fat, hence people with diabetes have another food option to their disposal.
Some people are lactose intolerant owing to which they cannot consume cow’s milk. Almond milk is a good option as it is totally lactose-free.
Option For Vegans
People who do not consume dairy products in any form can go for this option. Almond milk is plant milk, so can be easily consumed by vegans as an alternative to cows milk.
Almond milk has a probiotic mechanism and high fiber content, making it very favorable for the digestive system.
Almond milk is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, vitamins, zinc, phosphorous, manganese etc. But children below the age of 2 suffering from atopic dermatitis, should not be given almond milk. Also in almond milk which is commercially sold, Carrageenan is added as a thickening agent and stabilizer. This a seaweed extract and though approved by FDA, is in controversy.