Consider Almond Milk

Almond milk is a healthy replacement for cow’s milk.  Almond milk like soy milk is not milk in the literal sense. It is a drink made from ground almonds and water. Almond milk  is now readily available at most supermarkets as well as Costco and Wal-Mart.
This non-dairy alternative can be used by those who are lactose intolerant. Since almond milk is extracted from almonds, it is lactose-free and can be easily consumed by lactose intolerant people.  One glass of unsweetened almond milk contains about 40-60 calories, 2.5g of fat, 1 g of protein, 1 g of fiber along with vitamins and minerals.  The calorie content of almond milk is less than cow’s milk or soy milk. Thus, people trying to lose weight can drink almond milk.  Almond milk is loaded with unsaturated fat, which means almond milk is beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease. It can help reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. Moreover, almond milk does not contain cholesterol and saturated fat like cow’s milk. Almond milk contains protein to help the growth and repair functions of the body. Almond milk does not contain sugar naturally. Some packaged almond milk available in stores have added sugar which increases the sugar and calorie content so look at labels. Almond milk contains multiple vitamins and minerals including calcium, manganese, selenium and vitamin E. Almond milk is  calcium fortified and thus a good source of calcium. Manganese plays an important role in activating enzymes in the body. Manganese along with phosphorous also plays a role in keeping bones and teeth healthy. Vitamin E, an antioxidant protects the cell membranes by destroying the free radicals that cause damage to them. Selenium is good for the functioning of the immune system. Almond milk is good source of flavonoids. This is because almond milk is prepared by crushing the almonds with the skin. The skin is rich in flavonoids, which are good for cardiovascular health. Almond milk is also rich in antioxidants which are beneficial in preventing heart disease and cancer. Almond milk is healthy, flavorful and tasty. It can be a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. Give it a try!

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

2 thoughts on “Consider Almond Milk”

  1. I really don’t drink milk but do have a small glass very seldom. I have milk 1% on my cereal but don’t drink the milk after the cereral is gone. My BMI is in line. I eat right most of the time and my wieight is in line. So tell me what I need to do?????

    1. In your situation, the small amount of milk you drink is fine. Most people do not realize that 1% milk is actually 20% fat by calories. (Talk about false advertising!!) I do recommend for most people to drink skim or at most 1% milk. The fat in milk is saturated fat which the liver turns to LDL (bad) cholesterol. For those trying to lose weight or lower their cholesterol either avoid cow’s milk or stick to non-fat milk products. Most people do not realize their are healthier alternatives available, such as almond milk. Explore. Try different things and see what you like and don’t like. You may be surprised.

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