Is there a safe alternative to these disease-fueling dairy products? It seemed that the safest alternative for many of us was the delicious almond milk, yet…
It turns out that sometimes even this may not be the case, considering the way commercial almond milks are being made. When to this you add the fact that California’s drought is directly imperiling the livelihood of almond farmers, things are becoming increasingly grimmer for almond milk lovers.
According to one reliable industry insider, most types of almond milk contain very little amount of almonds. Many also contain carrageenan to add to the drink’s thickness which has been linked to digestive problems and many more.
How many almonds are actually put in your almond milk?
On the one hand, the almond milk does not necessarily contain the harmful mix of antibiotics, growth hormones, and the health hazards of factory farming, yet, on the other hand, it turns out it actually offers very little in terms of nutritional value.
So, if you are sipping some almond milk at the moment, you may want to put it down because this fact may actually infuriate you:
A half gallon carton of almond milk contains less than a handful of almonds!
Or to be even more precise: one analysis of UK almond milk brand Alpro revealed that almonds only make up 2% of the total almond milk drink.
When it comes to big brands in the U.S., whose bottom lines are skyrocketing the profits, the percentage might be even worse! This is what one spokesperson for the Almond Board of California said for Business Insider: “Ingredient combinations are “pretty similar” among the U.K. and the U.S. almond milks.”
Yes, you read it correctly: Only meager 2% of almond milk is actually almonds. So, I think a more appropriate name for this drink would be “Thickened Water with a Hint of Almond.”
One might say that the good think about it is that at least it doesn’t have any of the deadly adverse effects of massed-produced dairy products. Yeah, but it offers very little else!
It even “robs” the almond milk of its main advantage: namely, almonds are an amazing vegetarian source of protein. So, if the almond milk has basically no almonds, then it is just an illusion of a “healthy drink” stuffed full of synthetic vitamins, which the body can barely process.
And even if this was the only drawback, it would not be such a big issue. When contacted by multiple news outlets, almond growers and processors have revealed that this 2% portion recipe is the industry standard across the board!
How almond milk stacks up to regular almonds
The shortest answer is that the almond milk simply doesn’t stack up to regular almonds. One study revealed that a standard serving of almonds contains roughly 160 calories. What about a whole cup of almond milk? Well, it contains just a measly 30 calories since it doesn’t have a whole lot of actual substance to it!
And when it comes to the selling point of protein it is as depressing as the calorie aspect:
A standard serving of almonds holds 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of healthy fat. On the other hand, a regular cup of almond milk, only contains 1 gram of protein and 2.5 grams of healthy fat!
In other words, to get the nutritional value of a single serving of almonds from almond milk you would have to drink roughly a carton instead of 1 single cup! No one loves almond milk that much!
In fact, mass-produced almond milk deserves a moniker more worthy of its true ingredients: “Multivitamin Water with Illusions of Grandeur.” Don’t you agree?
Where to find real almond milk
I would suggest sticking to local artisanal smoothie bars, health food stores and raw food places that actually produce their own almond milk on site. Alternatively, if you have the right “hardware” (most blenders will do the job), you can make your own homemade almond milk rather quickly.
The standard ratio for most online seen almond milk recipes is:
1 cup of almonds per half a gallon
This ratio sounds way better than those shocking 2%, doesn’t it?