Love drinking almond milk? Know its side effects before taking a gulp

Published on: 10 October 2021, 11:00 am IST

You may love drinking almond milk, but overindulging in it could turn problematic. Find out more!

Aayushi Gupta
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These side effects of almond milk can be harmful. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Almonds are the most consumed nuts! They’re packed with nutrients and are an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus…and the list goes on. If we talk of its benefits, they are plenty – from weight loss and good bone health to improving your mood and lowering the risks of heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Many health studies vouch for the many benefits of regular consumption of almonds. But there’s a catch!

It has its share of side effects as well! 

Milk made from almonds is considered extremely healthy and considering almonds are a true nutritional powerhouse, everyone is turning to it. In fact, almond milk is the most popular non-dairy milk. And it’s no surprise, as it’s not only super versatile and delicious, but it’s also low in calories, carbs, and fat.

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Many people are cutting out dairy from their diet and shifting entirely to almond milk but is it healthy to do so. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Along with the many health benefits associated with it, it does have some drawbacks, especially if you consume it in excess and if you are allergic to it.

Side effects of almond milk:
1. Stomach troubles

Excessive almonds can cause digestive issues such as nausea, stomach discomfort, dysentery, and bowel problems if you consume an excessive amount of essential nutrients and minerals. In fact, it can interfere with your medications and can result in severe gastrointestinal reactions in some people.

2. Nut allergies

Almond milk is naturally not advisable for people with allergies to nuts. Plus, those who have lactose allergies should also avoid consuming almond milk. 

Also, read: Should you ditch dairy milk for almond milk? A nutritionist weighs in

3. High sugar level

Commercially produced almond milk contains more sugar than cow’s milk, which is the most obvious disadvantage.

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Almonds can help you check rising blood sugar levels, and even aid weight loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. Effect on thyroid

Almond milk is considered to be a goitrogenic food. That means it contains chemicals that can harm the thyroid when consumed in large amounts. For people whose thyroid function is low, you must refrain from consuming almond milk or consume it in moderation. 

Also, read: Why is soy milk the healthiest milk alternative for your lactose intolerant kid?

5. Issues with infants

Almond milk is not the best kind of milk for infants. It does not contain the right levels of nutrition for an infant and hence should not be substituted for breast milk or formula.

So, overall almond milk is healthy but it’s good to be wary of these certain side effects. 

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