10 Nutty Reasons to Dump Dairy for Almond Milk

Obvious way to eat healthy and trim calories

Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Organic almond milk, free from added chemicals and fortified with key nutrients, is the delicious perfect beverage for the healthy-living lifestyle.

Here are 10 nutty reasons to make almond milk your one and only milk:

1.Low in Calories Almond milk is the clear-cut choice for cutting calories. There’s no contest when it comes to calories: almond milk is calorie skimpy. Whereas a cup (240 ml) ofwhole dairy milk is 146 calories, unsweetened almond milk contains 30 to 50 calories. Almond milk beats even nonfat (83 calories per cup). Replacing two to three daily servings of dairy with almond milk could reduce calorie intake by almost 350 calories.

2.Low in Sugar Almond milk, which is low in sugar, is diabetes friendly. One cup contains only one to two grams of carbs, largely fiber, whereas dairy milk contains 13 grams, mostly sugar. (Again, sweetened almond milk contains added sugar; read the nutrition label.)

3.Lactose Free Up to 75% of the world's population is lactose intolerant. Almond milk is naturally lactose-free, making it an alternative to dairy. It’s not only the legitimate way for a morning latte and cereals for those who cannot or choose not to drink cow’s milk, but also for the growing population of people who just like the taste.

4.Low in Phosphorus People with chronic kidney disease often avoid dairy due to its high levels of potassium and phosphorus. Almond milk has much lower levels of these chemicals.

5.High in Vitamin E Vitamin E is an antioxidant and works with vitamin C to prevent dementia and cancer, as well as acting as an anti-ager. Almonds are one of best dietary vitamin E sources and provide the full spectrum of tocopherols and tocotrienols. One cup of almond milk supplies as much as 50 percent the daily vitamin E requirement. In comparison, dairy milk contains no vitamin E at all.

6.Source of Calcium Both dairy and almond milk are good calcium sources. Because almond milk is most often used as a replacement for dairy milk, manufacturers enrich it with calcium to ensure people are not missing out. Almond milk that you buy in the store is usually enriched with calcium to provide 20 to 45 percent of your daily requirements per serving. Calcium is particularly important for bone health, including prevention of fractures and osteoporosis. One cup of whole milk provides 28 percent of the daily recommended intake.

7.Enriched with Vitamin D Vitamin D is one of the most cited nutrients when it comes to immune health and protection from coronavirus infections; yet, 30 to 50 percent of people are deficient. An increased risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fertility issues, autoimmune diseases, and infectious diseases are linked with deficiency. Few foods naturally contain vitamin D, so manufacturers may fortify foods with it. Almond milk is fortified with vitamin D and provides about a quarter of the recommended daily intake in a one-cup serving. Your body can produce it when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

8.Vegan and cruelty-free Some people choose to avoid dairy milk as a religious, health, environmental, or lifestyle choice. Since almond milk is fully plant-based, it is suitable for all these groups and can be used in place of dairy milk on its own or in any recipe. Almond milk is completely plant-based, making it suitable for vegans and other people who avoid dairy products.

9.Free of protein causing milk allergy It is also suitable for people who have a dairy allergy. Almond milk is free of the proteins that cause milk allergy in up to 0.5% of adults.

10. Easy to Add to Your Diet You can drink almond milk on its own, added to cereals and coffee or used in a variety of recipes for cooking and baking. You can make it at home by blending soaked almonds with water, then straining the mixture. Almond milk can be used in any way that regular dairy milk can be used.

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