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Almond Milk As A Substitute For Cow's Milk

Updated on June 25, 2015
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Having a childhood cyst overdosed with Penicillin made Stephen hyper allergic. From this he developed a keen interest in eating for health.

Almond Milk Can Be Used In Bread Making

Almond Milk Used In Bread Making - In My Zojirushi BPAC 20 Virtuoso Machine
Almond Milk Used In Bread Making - In My Zojirushi BPAC 20 Virtuoso Machine | Source

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

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 40
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 180 mg8%
* 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.

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.

You Tube Video Making Almond Milk

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    The thing is humans can not absorb the Calcium in milk and therefore there is absolutely no benefit in drinking it. It is the main reason so many women suffer from osteoporosis. They believe they are digesting sufficient Calcium when in fact that held in milk is not available to us. If you are eating a lot of green vegetables this may not affect you. However why take that risk? Try Almond milk and you will be getting the benefit of its Calcium.

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    Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I have never tried it myself. Hubby or I either one appear to be lactose intolerant, so we have never had reason to try it. Maybe I will someday.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It is better and now we have become used to it it is all I use. It tastes better too. Most people do not realize cows milk actually blocks our ability to digest other foods. This is because human babies lose their ability to digest lactose at around 6 months old, so we are lactose tolerant or not as the case may be, but we can not absorb the Calcium as we lack the lactase required to do that.

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    clever idea, for those with cow milk allergy, almond milk should be better

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Nut allergies are actually less common than lactose intolerance, but as with all things be aware of your issues before making any major dietary changes. If uncertain consult your health care specialists.

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    VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

    Great hub! Almond milk sounds healthy unless you have any nut allergies. In India, a dessert made out of almond milk known as badam kheer is really popular.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    We like Blue Diamond Almond milk the best, and the one with Coconut milk is best for coffee as it is more creamy. I have not seen the oat milk of Vitasoy yet I am in Nova Scotia Canada, but will look for it now. The only thing about making your own is the need to strain it well of all the pulp.

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    Besarien 2 years ago

    Great hub! Generally I much prefer almond or oat milk to soy, coconut, or rice milk. Taste can vary a lot brand to brand though. Vitasoy oat milk tastes better than anything else I've tried in coffee or tea. I have never made my own which strikes me as silly now since I add oats and almonds to smoothies all the time.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Janice Horner. Were you aware that humans actually lack the enzyme necessary to digest cow's milk? Apparently human milk is acidic and cow's is alkaline this also affects our ability to digest other things as cow's milk neutralizes our stomach acid. Celiac disease is associated with an enzyme that naturally occurs on wheat, but which is being killed by modern chemicals used in farming. Many of our modern diseases are resulting from commercialization of the processes that lacked any concern about the long term affects and side affects of the use of these chemicals in farming. I hope you are able to manage your condition effectively and that Almond or other non dairy milks can help with this. Dr Fuhrman's recipe books may well help you with this too. He specializes in healthy eating to prevent and cure diseases.

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    Janice Horner 2 years ago

    Hi, enjoyed reading this article on Almond Milk. I am celiac, and sometimes I am okay with dairy and another time it may react. I love the taste of almond milk (slight taste difference). Although more expensive to buy than a pint of milk, it is worth the extra pennies.

    Your article is structured very well, making it a pleasure to read.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I actually like it to drink instead of milk. However I do prefer Blend or Light Cream in Coffee still. I guess it is a taste thing. The Almond Milk with Coconut in is creamier, but still does not work well in coffee. Does anyone Vegan or otherwise have a suggestion for a good substitute for dairy products in coffee?

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    Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

    I usually keep it on hand, in case I am running short, or out of, regular milk since the aseptic packs keep on a pantry shelf for awhile. On cereal, I don't think it tastes much different than milk.