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13 Benefits of Almond Milk You Didn't Know About

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Most people are used to the easily accessible dairy milk. Though not very common, almond milk has been used for years as a substitute for cows’ milk that is readily available and relatively easy to get. Dairy milk is known for its high content of various vitamins and minerals but almonds have been proven to contain extra nutrients. This is why almond milk is recommended as a good option for those who do not consume any form of dairy products, those who have cow milk allergy/intolerance (CMA/CMI) or those people who are vegetarians.

Almond Milk Nutrition Facts

Almond milk prepared from almonds is low in fat, but high in energy, proteins, lipids and fiber. It 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.

Health Benefits of Almond Milk

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 heart healthy.

There’s no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It’s also low in sodium and high in healthy fats (such as omega fatty acids, typically found in fish), which helps to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.

It keeps your bones strong

While it doesn’t offer as much calcium as cow’s milk, almond milk does offer 30 percent of the recommended daily amount, as well as 25 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D, reducing your risk for arthritis and osteoporosis and improving your immune function. Plus, these two nutrients work together to provide healthy bones and teeth formation.

May Slow the Process of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s currently has no cure, but there are many natural ways scientists are finding to help prevent or slow this disease. Vitamin E plays a key role in helping slow the degeneration that occurs with Alzheimer’s disease.

Improved Vision

 Almond milk is rich in various vitamins, including vitamin A, which is essential for proper functioning of the eyes. The use of computers, smart phones, and tablets is common in most offices and homes in our modern age. Constant use of these devices can affect the vision of the user to a certain extent. This condition can be treated naturally by increasing the intake of vitamin A that you can access in almond milk.

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.

It barely impacts your blood sugar.

Almond milk (with no additives) is low in carbs, which means it won’t significantly increase your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk for diabetes. Because of its low glycemic index, your body will use the carbs as energy so the sugars aren’t stored as fat (score!).

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.

It keeps your digestion in check.

Almond milk contains almost one gram of fiber per serving, which is important for healthy digestion.

It doesn’t contain lactose.

Lactose intolerance impacts about 25% of the US population, which means they have difficulty digesting the sugar in cow’s milk. This makes almond milk a suitable, lactose-free substitute.

It tastes better than cow’s milk.

Almond milk doesn’t taste like cow’s milk, perfect for those who are turned off by the taste. It has its own unique flavor many describe as being light and crisp. Bonus: it’s versatile, meaning you can use it instead of cow’s milk in recipes that require it. It won’t have the same taste, but it will have the same consistency.

It doesn’t require refrigeration.

Knowing that you don’t have to refrigerate almond milk means you’ll be more likely to take it with you to work, or on a camping trip. It’s perfectly fine at room temperature which makes it a convenient, nutritious staple to pack, automatically upping your daily intake of all the fabulous nutrients above.

It’s easy to make.

Being that it’s a tad inconvenient to have a cow grazing in your backyard, almond milk is the convenient alternative to make at home. It’s made by finely grinding almonds and placing them in a blender with water, then filtering the pulp with a strainer to separate it from the liquid. 

Sources:

organicfacts.net

draxe.com

lifehack.org


Other links:

The Surprising Health Benefits of Raisins (part 1)

The Surprising health benefits of raisins (part 2)

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