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Veganism and adopting a plant-based diet is leading to an increasing number of people to cut out milk from their diet. Instead, they are adopting plant-based milk options made from ingredients such as soya, oats, and almond.
Milk made from almonds is considered to be extremely healthy and everyone has been shifting to it, considering almonds truly are the powerhouse of nutrition.
There is another school of thought that presents a different view of this situation.
Some people believe it’s all a marketing gimmick to fool people and encourage them to burn a hole in their pocket. To an extent, it’s kind of true because almond milk is quite expensive. Plus, you can always eat almonds for health benefits instead of investing in almond milk. So many questions come to mind, right? That’s why we asked nutritionist Manisha Chopra to throw some light on whether one should shift to almond milk or skip it.
On the nutrition meter, almond milk looks something like this:
Seems perfect for those who are managing their weight and cholesterol levels.
Unsweetened almond milk is low in calories and carbohydrates, as compared to cow or buffalo milk. It does not cause a sudden rise in blood sugar levels and even patients who are dealing with diabetes can drink it without any problem.
People who are intolerant to lactose face major problems like bloating, stomach ache, constipations, gas, etc. For them, plant-based substitutes are more than welcome. Lactose is not found in almond milk because it is a plant-based product.
“People who are lactose intolerant, are allergic to milk or following a vegan diet should opt for almond milk,” recommends Manisha.
“Calcium is good for our bones and teeth. Also, it helps the body in fighting osteoporosis. Magnesium is important for controlling blood sugar levels in the body,” says Manisha.
Our body needs antioxidants not only to look beautiful but to boost our immunity. Almond milk contains nutrients and antioxidants that are essential for reducing damage from free radicals and cell-regeneration.
“People with nut allergies and infants should avoid almond milk,” warned Manisha.
If you think that buying almond milk is pretty expensive and you’re doubtful of its authenticity, then you can easily make it at home!
You need only 2 ingredients: almonds and water. Add both the ingredients to a blender and churn it. Now, pass the mix through a sieve. Your almond milk is ready!
“Almond milk is quite healthy. It does have some downsides but the benefits outweigh them. It is a great plant-based product and is good for weight loss too. So, in my opinion there is no harm in opting for it,” concluded Ms Chopra.