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Almond Milk As A Substitute For Cow's Milk
Almond Milk Can Be Used In Bread Making
Eat To Live Joel Fuhrmann
Why Use Almond Milk?
Many of us are under the impression that drinking milk is a good way to get our Calcium. This popular myth has been spread by the Dairy Marketing Boards in just about every Western nation. However this "fact" is actually a myth! Dr Joel Fuhrman in his book "Eat To Live" points out that medical evidence shows that humans on average lose their ability to digest milk at the age of just 6 months. At this age the production of lactase (required to digest lactose) ceases.
The consequence of the lack of lactase in our bodies means that at best adults are lactose tolerant, while a significant number actually become lactose intolerant. The net result is that many people suffer needlessly. Milk will line the stomach and prevent our bodies absorbing many of the needed nutrients so in reality we should all be avoiding dairy products.
In the worst scenario of lactose intolerance we bloat and get severe wind and heart burn. Many people remaining ignorant of the cause.
Fortunately there are many alternatives to cow's milk. Almond, Soy and Flax milks are all good alternatives.
We have tried a few of these and much prefer Almond Milk, which can be used as a substitute for cow's milk in nearly all recipes. The plain Almond Milk is not as creamy as ordinary milk, but there is a mix of Almond Milk with Coconut Milk and this has a very similar taste to cow's milk.
The good news is that we can all drink Almond Milk unless we have nut allergies and this product is really good for us.
You should note that although Amazon is promoting Joel Fuhrman's book as a weight loss book, it is in fact more about eating in a healthy way so that we do not gain weight. He advocates that we should not eat refined sugar or salt and that meat intake be severely limited, many of his recipes are vegan although he himself is not.
This is because we need to emphasize the roles of Fruit and Vegetables seeds and nuts in our diet if we are to stay healthy, and at a sensible weight. His recipes will help obese people to reduce weight, but please consult with your doctor(s) before embarking on any diet.
Nutrition Values Vanilla Almond Milk
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 3 g|
|Carbohydrates 2 g||1%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 180 mg||8%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Additional Nutrition Data
In addition to the nutrition values above Almond Milk also contains 30% of our daily Calcium, 4% of our Iron, 15% of our Vitamin E, 2% of our Phosphorus and 8% of our Magnesium for a day in each cup. Vanilla has 8% of our Sodium and with Coconut Milk just 5%. They contain 5% of our Potassium too.
All figures have been rounded and they relate to Blue Diamond Brand, which is the one I personally use.
Almond Milk From Amazon
Ideas For Using Almond Milk And Other Substitutes For Cow's Milk
Those of you that have read my other Hubs will be familiar with the fact that I make all my own bread using a bread machine (shown in the main photograph above). My Historic Grains Bread and Whole Wheat Bread can both be made successfully by substituting the Homogenized Milk with Almond Milk of either variety.
I have tried Flax Milk but personally prefer Almond however Flax Milk is a good substitute in recipes for cow's milk too. If you look around in the supermarkets there are many other different Milks and you should easily be able to find one that suits your taste. This is getting much easier now that many famous people are coming out about their personal preferences and that Vegan-ism is increasing.
Another big advantage of Almond Milk is its shelf life. The product bought today will last about 9 months without refrigeration. The product is free of Casein, Gluten, Cholesterol, Peanut, Sugar (unless you buy sweetened),
Those of you who like me have a high powered blender can actually make your own Almond Milk by blending blanched skinless Almonds on high speed with water and then using a straining bag to remove the residue.
Try Making Your Own
Those of you that have a Blendtec or Vitamix or a Juicer can make your own Almond Milk. If you do it this way you will know that there are no additives that you may react to! I have tried making it in my Vitamix, but I agree with the lady in the video that it may be better if you have a dedicated juicer if you are going to do this on a regular basis.