Health Benefits of Drinking Almond Milk

Almond milk
Almond milk

What is Almond Milk?

The health benefits of almonds outweigh those of cow's milk. It is just now becoming popular here in the US, but has been used for centuries in other countries as far back as the Middle Ages.

Almond milk offers a good alternative to those that can't drink cow's milk or find rice milk too sweet. The milk is more pleasant to the taste than soy milk also. It has a nutty flavor that I love. If you like almonds, you'll like almond milk. Substituting it for regular milk in recipes works well too.

You can make your own almond milk at home. Just purchase some almonds and add water. For a creamy milk add double the water and grind in a blender. If you prefer thinner milk, add more water. You can add vanilla for taste if you'd like. Strain the mixture to get any residue out. See the video below for exact directions The residue can be used in other recipes. It taste good in cookies and cakes or anything else you'd add nuts.

Ripe almond on tree.
Ripe almond on tree. | Source

Benefits

  1. If you have a lactose intolerance or are allergic to cow's milk, this milk is a good choice. It doesn't contain lactose. It is good to drink and to add to cereal.
  2. You'll even get more calcium than from regular milk. This can help prevent osteoporosis. It is good for bones and teeth.
  3. The almond milk taste good. If you aren't lactose intolerant, but don't like the taste of cow's milk, you may enjoy this. It has a nice nutty flavor. One choice is flavored with vanilla. The milk taste delicious.
  4. Almond milk doesn't have the fat content of cow's milk. It is a good way to cut down on cholesterol intake. It has 0 cholesterol. 2% milk has 20 grams.
  5. It has less calories than regular milk. Each cup has just 90 calories. Most of the calories in cow's milk is from fat. If the manufacturer of your brand of almond milk adds sugar, look for another brand.
  6. Its storage life is much longer than cow's milk, even after being opened.
  7. It can be either purchased in a carton that looks like regular milk or purchased off the shelf. Those packaged for the shelf don't even need to be refrigerated.
  8. It is better than rice milk or soy milk as long as the manufacturer isn't adding sugar. Rice milk has a sweet taste and has more carbohydrates. Soy milk is full of sugar.
  9. Almond milk is a good source of vitamins and minerals. Cow's milk doesn't provide anywhere near as many. See the chart below.

Comparison of 2% Milk to Almond Milk

 
2% milk, Walmart Brand
Silk Almond Milk
Serving Size
1 cup
1 cup
Calories
130
90
Calories from Fat
45
25
Total Fat
5 grams
2.5 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
0 grams
Trans Fat
0 grams
0 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat
not listed
0.5 grams
Monosaturated Fat
Not listed
2.0 grams
Cholesterol
20 mg
0 grams
Sodium
130 mg
160 mg
Potassium
0 mg
35 mg
Total Carbohydrates
12 grams
16 grams
Dietary Fiber
0 grams
<1 gram
Sugars
12 grams
16 grams
Protein
8 grams
1 gram
Vitamin A*
10%
10%
Vitamin C*
4%
0%
Calcium*
30%
45%
Vitamin D*
25%
25%
Vitamin E*
0%
50%
Vitamin B12*
0%
50%
Riboflavin*
0%
30%
Magnesium*
0%
4%
Zinc*
0%
8%
Iron*
0%
2%
*Based on the daily requirements of a 2000 calorie diet
 
 
Blanched almonds
Blanched almonds | Source

Drawbacks

Before using the milk on a regular basis, those with thyroid disease should check with their doctor. Almonds contain chemicals that can block iodine which the thyroid gland needs. Many vegetables also contain this same chemical.

It isn't suggested for babies unless approved by a physician. The protein content is too low. Ask your doctor before using it if your baby is allergic to cow's milk.

Silk Pure Almond milk does have 3 more grams of sugar than dairy milk. If this is a concern for you because you are diabetic or trying to cut down on sugar, you need to consider this. Homemade almond milk doesn't have the added sugar. You might try making your own instead.


By DeliciousRevolution, Youtube

Serving Suggestions

Of course the milk taste good to drink, but think about using in cooking.

  1. Add to dry or cooked cereals.
  2. A good idea is to try pudding pops for a low calorie treat. Use unsweetened pudding and add 1/2 of the milk that the recipe for regular pudding calls for. Freeze in dixie sized cups or use your popsicle molds.
  3. Use it in place of milk in recipes for gravy, pancakes, etc.
  4. Sorry, but you can't make cheese or butter out of the almond milk, since it doesn't have the fat content that cow's milk has.



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lisasuniquevoice 3 years ago from Michigan

Barbara,

I drink almond milk everyday. I like the chocolate just to drink for a treat, but I use the regular for cream sauces, and soups. I can't drink cow's milk so this is a great alternative.

Lisa


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Lisa, I can't drink cow's milk either. I was surprised that almond milk had so many vitamins, minerals, and especially calcium. I have chocolate malt with it sometimes, so I know why you enjoy the treat. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Very interesting and informative hub. I do take almond milk very often and now I know the benefits of it. Thank you for sharing such useful hub. Voted up and useful.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Vacation Trip, Thanks for reading the hub. I found the health benefits a bit amazing. The only thing it lacks that cow's milk has is protein. It has so many that regular milk doesn't have though.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Barbara, thank you for sharing this with us. Very interesting and useful information here. I have had cow's milk flavoured with almonds, but never tasted almond milk on its own. Maybe I'll give it a try sometime looking into the numerous benefits.

Voted up, useful and interesting and sharing!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

livingsta, Thanks for reading. You are lucky that you can drink cow's milk. I like the taste of the almond milk better though. Thanks for voting it up and sharing.


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azrestoexp 3 years ago

This was really interesting and informative. I have tried almond milk on some cereal and it was really good. Never thought about all of the other things you could do with it. (have to start thinking outside the box). Am anxious to try making my own. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

azrestoexp, I haven't tried making my own yet either. Purchasing nuts at the store here is expensive. I'm going to have to find some that I can buy at a reasonable price. I love the almond milk myself and since I can't drink cow's milk it is a blessing. When I read the label, I was surprised by how much better it is for you. Thanks for voting it up.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

This is a very useful and healthy Hub. I tried Almond milk once and it seemed so watery. I wouldn't mind making my own.

Thanks for sharing. (I've shared it on Twitter too)


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Lady_E, I think it depends on what brand you purchase. One store here carries one that you can buy off the regular shelves. It is so thick and creamy that it is a real treat. The others do seem watery to me too. I'm searching for a source that I can buy the almonds in bulk at a good price. The small bags of them here are expensive. Thanks for reading and sharing.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information. I had never heard about almond milk. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. I learn many things here. Voted up!

Prasetio


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

prasetio30, I'm happy you heard something new. Thanks for commenting and voting it up.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

It's nice to see a side-by-side comparison of milk and its alternatives such as almond milk. Some people are looking for healthy, good tasting alternatives to milk products for not only allergy reasons but also ethical reasons. Thanks for the information.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

FlourishAnyway, I love your user name. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Amazingly great hub Barbara! You had me at Almond Milk!

I'm already an avid organic milk and soy drinker. I've also had almond milk but I didn't stick with it. This gives me a reason to jump on board again and even possibly make my own. I'm definitely sharing this and voting up! Great job.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Kasman, I am happy to see you enjoyed the hub. The almond milk has so many benefits that I am surprised. I tried the soy milk and just didn't like it. Probably it's just a matter of different people liking different things. I guess I should make a chart comparing the two. Thanks for sharing and voting it up.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

This is interesting. I did not know I could make almond milk at home. I have yet to try it but see it all the time. I am not a milk drinker, but would love to see if my husband and daughter would give it a try. Interesting nutritional comparisons.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Glimmer Twin Fan, It has so many more benefits than regular milk, but it doesn't have as much protein. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

This was really helpful as I keep passing almond milk in the supermarket and wondering if I should try it. I think I will next time. Thanks for doing the research and posting it here! Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

epbooks, You really need to try it. The milk has a nutty flavor that I love. Thanks for reading.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, I think my brother drinks this, or something similar, thanks for the info about not drinking it if you have thyroid problems, I would never have known that! Wow! I am hyper and hypo, called graves disease, so this was great info, thanks!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Nell Rose, I don't know how serious it is for people with thyroid problems, because broccoli is something listed that you shouldn't eat either. I'm sorry to hear you have that problem. Thyroid problems run in my family too, but thank goodness it is one thing I don't have.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

claudyobcn, Thanks for your comments.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy almond nuts and can only imagine what almond milk tastes like sounds great!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

DDE, Almond milk is delicious. If you like almonds, you'll love the milk.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I have heard a lot of good things about almond milk. I am going to try it! Thanks for the info. Adding vanilla sounds like a great idea to me. I am going to try it both ways. :-)

Votes and shares!


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VictoriaSheffield 3 years ago from Georgia

Excellent Job!


Kathleen Kerswig 3 years ago

Thanks so much for this information. I did not know all of these things about the benefits of almond milk. You did a great job with the comparison as well. I appreciate this. Voted up!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

sholland10, I really like the taste, so you'll probably enjoy it too. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Victoria, Thanks for the compliment.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Kathleen, Thanks and I am happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for voting it up.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I love almond milk! Have used it as an alternative to regular milk for years. This is a marvelous hub Barbara and I thank you for writing it. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinning + sharing. Hugs ~ Audrey


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Thank you Barbara for sharing this useful information. Such type of milk is an alternative to animal milk.

Share with followers.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Audrey, Thanks for your comments and thanks so much for voting it up and pinning.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

janismus, Thanks for reading and sharing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I knew about almond (nuts and oil) but not milk. Thanks for sharing.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

Good to know that almond milk contains many health benefits. My daughter prefers it to regular milk. Thanks for sharing, rated up.


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vandynegl 3 years ago from Ohio Valley

Great information! My son drinks this in the evening in place of dairy milk. I just don't like dairy milk :)

I appreciate you sharing the information about those with thyroid issues too. That is why it should be drunk in moderation. The vegetables that you brought up are the cruciferous ones; however, when they are cooked or steamed, those thyroid slowing chemicals are deactivated.

On the other hand, we can consume thyroid enhancing foods, like those containing iodine (seafoods for example), and still enjoy the almond milk too! We have to have a balance :)


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Treasuresofheaven 3 years ago from Michigan

I tried Almond Milk before, I will have to try it again. I would prefer the thicker kind. Rated this Hub useful. Thanks.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Vinaya, Thanks for reading. I was surprised myself just how good it is for you.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

anginwu, I prefer it to regular milk myself. I like the taste. Thanks for reading.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

vandynegl, I found out about the thyroid on another site. They mentioned about the vegetables, so may be wrong about this too. Thanks for reading.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Treasuresofheaven, The thicker kind is just plain yummy. Thanks for reading.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Almond milk is a useful and healthy substitute for dairy milk. I published a hub on almond milk a few hours back.

Voted up and useful.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

rajan jolly, Thanks for voting this up. I'll have to read yours.


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4wardthinker 3 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

I only drink almond milk now. I used to have stomach problems for years and never realized it was the milk causing the problems. I prefer Diamond brand hands down! Best ever and they have one that is only 30 calories. It tastes great and I have lost about 12 pounds since I switched.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

4wardthinker, I'll have to try Diamond brand if they sell it around here. I think they are the ones that sell nuts, so it seems like it would be good. I can't drink cow's milk either. Thanks for the info and I'm surprised you've lost this much weight.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for the info on almond milk, especially the comparison with 2% milk. It's my favorite non-dairy substitute.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

MsDora, Thanks for reading and I'm happy you enjoyed it.


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LCDWriter 3 years ago from Florida

I just started using almond milk to replace soy milk. I had to get used to the flavor of it and prefer to mix it with something. I buy the unsweetened milk so I don't have to worry about the sugar content. I didn't know about the thyroid issues so I appreciated the alert. Very informative and interesting.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

LCDWriter, Thanks for reading the hub. I can't find the unsweetened kind here. I enjoy the taste of the almond milk, but hate the soy milk.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

what a useful hub, Ms Kay, I just started drinking almond milk because I enjoy the taste.. ans when it is served chilled cold I like it even more, now I have this hub which breaks it all down for me :)


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Frank, I enjoy the taste too and the fact it is so healthy makes it even better.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for this information on almond milk. It is my favorite kind right now. I especially appreciate the comparison of the two brands.


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

MSDora, Thanks for reading and keep drinking the almond milk, because it is good for you.


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savateuse 2 years ago

Thanks for including the comparison table, it's really interesting to see the vitamin content of almond milk compared with 2% cow's milk.


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

savateuse, I was surprised when I compared it myself. Almond milk is much healthier. Thanks for commenting.


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Marie Gail 2 years ago from Olathe, KS

I've been using almond milk for nearly 15 years. I used it with cow's milk for several years, but now my spouse in lactose intolerant, so we use almond milk almost exclusively. Is your statistic on sugar based on the sweetened or unsweetened Silk? We use the unsweetened variety to make gravies and soups, and it only has 30 calories per serving. (Voted up.)


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Marie Gail, At the time I wrote the hub, only sweetened was available in our area, so I didn't have the info to add the unsweetened. Someone copied and pasted my chart and it didn't give me much incentive to add the unsweetened part. I guess I should do it now that I can get the unsweetened variety. Thanks for viewing.


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Marie Gail 2 years ago from Olathe, KS

No worries. I found it super interesting anyway, Barbara. You're a good writer.

I don't remember whether the unsweetened variety was or wasn't available when I first started using it all those years ago. Today, unsweetened almond milk is a lifesaver. I make a great gravy with ground turkey and almond milk. Hmmm . . . I think I know what I'm making for dinner. :-D


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Marie, I'm the only one in the house that will use it. I think it tastes better than cow's milk, which is good since I can't drink cow's milk. I'll need to try it in gravy. Don't make me hungry!


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Marie Gail 2 years ago from Olathe, KS

Next time I make that gravy, I'm going to measure things carefully so I can post the instructions in a Hub. You'd love it! It's made with ground turkey instead of ground beef, and I keep it completely gluten-free and dairy-free. The primary argument at my house is whether or not there should be nutmeg in it. :-)


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA Author

Marie, Be sure and let me know if you do. If you somehow use gluten-free or dairy free in the title, it should get good traffic.


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

sorry, i tried the almond milk but i can't stand the strong almond taste


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Barbara Kay 23 months ago from USA Author

peachpurple, Everyone has different taste. If you can't drink milk, try rice milk or the lactose free milk that is now sold. I hate the lactose free stuff, but you might like it. Thanks for reading.


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Juliet Stewart 2 days ago from San Antonio, TX.

I love the flavor when i make smoothies. Because I'm diabetic i cannot have regular Milk. Took me a while to get used to the taste. Now i don't miss regular milk.


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Barbara Kay 6 hours ago from USA Author

Juliet, I enjoy it too and think it tastes better than cow's milk.

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