We are constantly advised to consume more often dried fruits, as they’re full of antioxidants, protein and many other substances that are beneficial to our health.
Such healthy snacks are almonds, since they can be eaten as part of a diet, as they contain a lot of fiber and give the feeling of satiety. Also, lately, there’s a trend to consume almond milk as a result of the less pleasant reactions to lactose from cow milk some people have.
Tons of benefits? You got it!
Although it’s not cheap, compared with cow milk, almond milk continue to be bought thanks to its beneficial properties: it combats anemia, keeps cholesterol within normal limits, it has less calories, more calcium and it’s an important source of potassium, an essential mineral which helps maintaining a healthy heart. Not to mention that it decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, strengthening the immune system and helps losing weight.
Be very careful at what you buy!
However, all these positive effects of drinking almost milk are real only if the product is natural. Or, the milk you can find in supermarkets can hardly be called natural after taking a look on the label.
For example, a brand in the United Kingdom, Alpro, sells a product that contains just 2% almond, the rest being covered by water, sweetener, carrageenan (a thickening agent that can lead to digestive problems) and various synthetic vitamins.
In order to fully benefit from the effects of these nuts, they should be eaten raw, but milk is also a very healthy option, as long it doesn’t contain harmful ingredients.
A handful of almonds equals a whole box of almond milk with a low amount of nuts A glass of milk of this type has no more than 30 calories, while a handful of raw almonds brings no less than 160 calories.