There are many reasons to snack on raw almonds. They are loaded with healthful fats, vitamins, minerals and deliciousness, they are also among the healthiest of tree nuts. A handful of almonds a day helps promote heart health and prevent weight gain, and it may even help fight diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Nutirent rich almonds are low in saturated fatty acids and rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Almonds contain filling fiber, a unique and protective phytosterol antioxidants as well as plant protein.
Therefore drinking almond milk may seem like a smart choice, it’s recently overtaken soy as the most popular dairy-alternative – but it’s not as healthy as it would appear, particularly if you buy commercial varieties.
What exactly is almond milk?
Almond milk is basically a plant milk with a creamy texture and nutty taste which comes with a combination of almonds, water, sweetener, thickener such as carrageenan, and, often, enriched with nutrients such as vitamins A, E, and D.
The problem is that store-bought almond milk has very little almonds in it.It contains hardly any almonds, mostly water, added sugars, and vitamins for good measure. The truth is half a gallon of almond milk contains less than a handful of almonds.
One analysis revealed that they found just 2% of the almonds in the UK brand Alpro, and the rest of the milk is a combination of water, sweeteners, thickening agent, and added vitamins.
If you drink the whole package you might be benefited by these nutrients. To make it simple, the low calorie content in the almond milk, because one cup has just 30 calories, and a serving of almonds has 160 calories. Also, the nut milk costs 4$ per 1/2 gallon.
Store bought almonds are not sprouted
Even if you choose the best quality almond milk that money can buy in the store, it still shouldn’t be carelessly bought, as it won’t be produced from sprouted almonds.
Enzyme inhibitors in almonds help protect the nut as it grows, as this is nature’s way of preserving the life of the nut that falls off a tree and lays on the ground, waiting for water so it can sprout and grow. Helping to decrease enzyme activity prevents in premature sprouting.
When almonds are soaked for eight hours it helps release those enzymes and effectively “sprouts” them, which makes the almonds much more digestible and alive. Thus increasing the nutrition of the nut significantly, as well as making them eliminate digestive issues that come with many nuts.
Stop purchasing cheap quality almond milk from stores, instead prepare your own. With a decent blender and a nut milk bag , one can easily make a fresh organic homemade almond milk for almost the same price as store-bought milks, and at a better quality due to freshly sprouted almonds and no unnecessary extra ingredients.
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