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Kevin Gardner


I get that articles about almond milk are usually written by healthier people than me, but let me throw in my two cents.


Almond milk has been used for years as a substitute for cow milk and is readily available in stores or can be made at home with the use of a blender. Almond milk with its many health benefits is a great option for those who have cow milk intolerance or vegans. Almond milk is low in fat but high in energy and contains minerals like phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and a number of nutrients including vitamins E and C.


While almond milk has many health benefits it’s important to note that it doesn’t provide as much calcium or protein as cow’s milk, so there is a trade-off there. One cup of almond milk has one gram of protein while one cup of cow’s milk has eight grams and two milligrams of calcium versus 300 milligrams in cow’s milk. Commercial almond milk has dietary additives that add protein and calcium and may be thickened with carrageenan.



Heart health


Since there is no cholesterol in almond milk, it is ideal for a strong and healthy heart. Recent studies have suggested that consuming almonds helps reduce significantly the possibility of coronary heart disease. Many cardiovascular ailments can be traced to bad cholesterol levels. Almond milk is rich in potassium that acts as a vasodilator meaning it widens the arteries that reduces the strain and tension on the heart.



Kidney health


Certain minerals can be harmful to the kidneys in excessive amounts such as potassium and calcium. Almond milk contains much less phosphorus and potassium than soy and dairy products. People with acute or chronic kidney problems should try to limit the intake of foods that contain these minerals in high amounts and almond milk is ideal in this regard.



Skin Health


Keeping your skin in top conditionrequires different types of minerals and vitamins. Almond milk contains plenty of vitamin E, which is beneficial in maintaining good skin health. Along with vitamins, almond milk also has antioxidants, which help in repairing damaged skin. Both the almond milk that is sold commercially as well as the milk that is made at home contains these vitamins. In addition, it can be used to wash the skin and for the best results, rosewater can be added.



Muscle strength and blood sugar


Although almond milk only contains one gram of protein per serving, it contains plenty of B vitamins and iron, which are important for muscle growth and healing. Almond milk is very low in carbohydrates, so it will not cause a noticeable rise in blood sugar level, which reduces your risk of developing diabetes. The sugars aren’t stored as fat and the body will use the carbohydrates for energy.


Almond milk does not contain lactose or cholesteroland can be made by using a blender to grind the almonds with water after soaking them overnight. This is the simplest and easiest way to make the delicious and nutritious milk. It has a creamy texture and nutty flavor that is similar to cow’s milk. This is what makes it a popular choice for those with dairy intolerance or vegans.


Almond milk can also be purchased commercially. These drinks will have additional nutrients added to enrich the content of the product and come in different flavors such as vanilla, chocolate or plain. For health reasons, it’s better to choose almond milk without any sugar added. Most brands are also enriched with minerals, vitamins or protein. If you are not eating dairy products, it may be beneficial if you choose products enriched with calcium to make up for any deficiency. Almond milk is very low in fat so you can add almond milk to your diet without any fear of putting on weight.