For those of you who are on a Paleo track and love eating almonds, consider adding almond milk to your diet. Almond milk is made by blending almonds with water and then straining the mixture to remove the solids. It can also be made by adding water to almond butter. It has a pleasant, nutty flavor and creamy texture that's similar to regular milk. For this reason, it is a popular choice for vegans and those who are allergic or intolerant to dairy, or just simply for those who enjoy staying healthy and fit.
Almond milk contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. The other nutrients available in this milk include vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin E. All these nutrients have various benefits which are essential for a healthy body.
Here are some main health benefits of drinking almond milk.
- It is nutritious
Although almond milk is not nearly as nutritious as cow's milk, enriched products come close.
-Unsweetened almond milk doesn't raise blood sugar
Unsweetened almond milk may be suitable for people with diabetes. A large part of the almond milk on the market is loaded with added sugar. Sugar-free almond milk, on the other hand, is a low-carb beverage, containing only 0.6% carbs (1.5 grams) per cup. Almond milk is also high in fat and protein relative to its carb content. For this reason, it doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar levels, making it suitable for diabetics, as well as those who are on a low-carb diet.
-It contributes to muscle strength and healing.
Although almond milk only contains 1 gram of protein per serving, it contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing.
-Good for your heart health
Almond milk has no saturated fat or cholesterol, and also contains natural omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent high-blood pressure and contribute to overall heart health.
-Strengthens your bones
Almond milk is often enriched with calcium, making it an excellent source. Regular consumption of enriched almond milk may reduce the risk of osteoporosis among those who don't consume dairy products.
-It helps with weight management.
One cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk, 122 calories in 2 percent, 102 calories in 1 percent, and 86 calories in skim. It makes for a great substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight.
-It keeps your skin glowing.
Almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin's health, such as protecting it against sun damage.
-May be beneficial in preventing or managing certain cancers
Almond milk has been shown in a lab to reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells. Because of the presence of monounsaturated fat, almond milk nutrition can also help play a role in the potential prevention of endometrial cancer. The consumption of high levels of monounsaturated fat is also associated with a decreased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (a rare form of liver cancer) and certain breast cancer markers, according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research’s Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. This is why almonds are among the best cancer-fighting foods, and so is almond milk.
One reason people enjoy using almond milk is that it doesn’t require refrigeration and stays good far longer than animal milks. It’s a common ingredient in smoothies, healthy baking recipes and much more. While the taste is not the same as pasteurized cow’s milk, it can be used just like cow’s milk for consistency in most recipes.