Almond milk is an excellent substitute for those who can’t consume dairy products and find the other offerings of soya, rice, and hazelnut a little too rich and overpowering.
Almond milk has been around since the middle ages, it was a staple in medieval kitchens as it does not need to be refrigerated and, therefore, doesn’t spoil like cows milk. These days the sales in almond milk have been growing and it has overtaken soya milk in the milk of choice for those shunning dairy.
10 great things about Almond Milk
1. Healthy skin
With 50% of your recommended amount of Vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties that your skin requires to help protect it, against sun damage, for example.
It contains no cholesterol or saturated fats making it great for people who are at risk from cardiovascular disease. It’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower the bad cholesterol and protect the heart. It’s also low in fat and calories so perfect for those who are watching their weight.
Almond milk contains a lot of important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, which is essential for eye function. With an increase in the use of smartphones, laptops, Ipads etc, which can affect vision. This can be improved if you increase your intake of Vitamin A , which is found in abundance in Almond milk.
4. Strong bones
Whilst it does not contain the same levels of calcium that dairy products do, Almond milk provides 30% of your recommended amount in one serving and alongside Vitamin D it ensures that our bones remain strong into old age.
It’s a great source of the antioxidant Vitamin E. IT is there known as a cancer preventative and it also slows down the ageing process. Flavonoids that are present in Almond milk can help to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, which in turn protect you from degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.
Those who are suffering from chronic or acute kidney conditions should stick to Almond milk over dairy and soya products. This is because Almond milk contains a lesser amount of potassium and phosphorous than dairy and soya. Minerals such as calcium and potassium can be harmful to the kidney if they are in excess amounts in the body.
7. Blood pressure
Consuming Almond milk can help to reduce and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Blood pressure depends on how easy it is for blood to travel through veins throughout the body. The veins rely on Vitamin D and Phosphorus to keep them in a healthy condition. If the veins do not have a regular supply of the right vitamins and minerals they may become blocked and this raises the blood pressure. Almond milk contains all the vitamins and minerals that the veins required so it’s a better alternative to soy and dairy products.
Drinking a cup of almond milk with honey can help with problems with constipation, bloating and intestinal issues. It also contains 1 gram of fiber, which is important for a healthy digestive system.
9. Vitamins and minerals
Compared to other non-dairy milk substitutes Almond milk has the highest concentration of vitamins and minerals. It contains copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorous and selenium.
10. The perfect nightcap
Almond milk and a spoonful of honey make the perfect drink to have before bed. There is just enough glucose in the honey to help your brain shut off Orexin, which is a neurotransmitter whose job it is to keep your body awake.
Almond milk is now widely available but it’s also easy and cheaper to make your own, you only need a bag of almonds and 2 litres of filtered water!
By Holly W.