There Are Barely Any Almonds in Your Almond Milk

Almond milk is hugely popular among lovers of non-dairy milks. It is slightly sweet, slightly nutty, a little creamy, yet very light and refreshing. But, is what you’re buying really ‘almond’ milk, or are you being scammed?

If you buy Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze, you may want to read on.

A recent false advertising lawsuit against Almond Breeze has revealed that their almond milk product actually contains only about 2 percent almonds. The U.S doesn’t require disclosure of this information, but it is revealed on the UK ingredients list.

What’s the rest? Water, thickening agents, flavor enhancers and natural preservatives. For a company that pushes the slogan ‘made from real almonds’ and has strong imagery of almonds plastered on its packaging, it is clear that the consumer is being mislead as to how much almond they are actually getting for their money—and, heck, almond milk isn’t cheap. This comes at a time when sales of almond milk are on a steady rise—sales rose around 38 percent between 2013 and 2014. This also comes at a time when almonds are being heavily blamed (justly or unjustly, depending on your outlook) for over-utilizing California’s precious water resources, which could potentially persuade drinkers to seek other, more sustainable milk alternatives.

While it is universally understood that you need a large proportion of water to create almond milk, an almond content of 2 percent is surprisingly low. If you are making your almond milk at home, you probably use anywhere from 25 percent to 33 percent almonds. Making your own almond milk is oftentimes cheaper than store-bought—and is clearly of a much higher, more almond-centric quality. If you’re not convinced that ditching almonds will save California, making almond milk at home is clearly the way to go.

How do you feel about almond milk? Does its environmental impact—while far less severe than the livestock industry—warrant seeking out other milk alternatives? Is it acceptable to use the term ‘almond milk’ if a product has only 2 percent almonds? Share your thoughts below.

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217 comments

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus8 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Karen F.
Karen F.about a year ago

What a disgusting con - the supermarkets practically had to create a new aisle for all these types of milks - almond, spelt, coconut, oat and the rest - twice the price of dairy and full of crap as in the article. Only way to avoid being ripped off is to make your own.

nathan KENNY
emma KENNYabout a year ago

tyfs

Dorothy Chamberlain
Dorothy Chamberlainabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing - btw, making your own almond milk at home is so easy (there are plenty of recipes out there) I would never buy almond milk from the supermarket, far too much sugar and too few almonds.

Angela K.
Angela K.about a year ago

Thanks for sharing

Ivan Spasic
Past Member about a year ago

This is another proof of good advertising.

Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Anna P.
Anna P.about a year ago

I went back to non-fat cow's milk.

Past Member
Past Member about a year ago

So does the same ratio hold for the cashew milk? I think it's the most delicious of the alt milks.