Why I Don’t Buy Almond Milk

I am one of the 65 percent of the world population that has trouble digesting lactose. It is estimated that up to 90 percent of the East Asian population can be lactose intolerant. There are therefore many of us looking for dairy-free, yet creamy, vegan alternatives.

Initially I began with soy milk as a dairy-free alternative, but soon realized it did not agree with me. I was thrilled to discover that almond milk tasted great in my smoothies, puddings, soups and sauces. Being a label reader, I made sure to get the unsweetened version and thought that the carrageenan in it was okay, as it is seaweed.

Like millions of other deceived consumers, I was drinking packaged almond milk believing it to be a ‘healthy alternative’ to cow’s milk. I soon realized that the best/healthiest alternative was to make my own.

5 Reasons I Do Not Buy Almond Milk

1. Very Few Almonds in Processed Almond Milk 

A half-gallon of almond milk (Silk or Almond Breeze, original, unsweetened) has 240 calories.
One pound of almonds has 2,624 calories. If you assume there are no other major sources of calories and nothing is removed, that means a whole half gallon carton of almond milk has less than handful of almonds (about 1.5 ounces).

 2. Tapioca Starch Added!

At some point, manufacturers began to add tapioca starch to the almond mixture. Starch is a highly processed carbohydrate that quickly breaks down into sugars. I was a sugar addict and do not add sugar to my diet when I can avoid it.

3. Carrageenan Controversy

Carrageenan is used as a thickener and stabilizer in many foods and is now in most commercial almond milk mixtures. Although originally considered safe, there is growing scientific evidence that it causes inflammation in the body. This is of particular concern to individuals with digestive disorders, but no one wants to add more inflammation to their system.

“Carrageenan exposure clearly causes inflammation; the amount of carrageenan in food products is sufficient to cause inflammation; and degraded carrageenan and food-grade carrageenan are both harmful.”—Dr. Joanne Tobacman, MD, AssociateProfessor of Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

4. Packaged Almond Milk Provides Very Little Nutritional Value

We have already figured out that almond milk has very few almonds in it. This means every health benefit you would expect from almonds is available only in limited quantities.

We often assume, for example that ‘milk’ will give us plenty of protein, but 1 cup Almond Breeze provides only 1 gram protein. This is because that cup only has the protein from 4 almonds.

 5. Processed Foods Are Not My Thing

Many of us prefer to eat unprocessed food. We prepare all our food from real food, not from cans and packaged meals.

But when I bought packaged almond milk, there was an obvious discrepancy. Every day I was consuming a factory processed food with the carrageenan additive. All those cartons of organic almond milk stood out in my grocery shopping cart, which was otherwise full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Making your own almond milk is easy and fast.

Making your own almond milk is easy and fast.

 I still use almond milk in my meals but I make my own out of real unblanched almonds.  It only takes a few minutes if you are organized.

Check out my easy to make Almond Milk Recipe.

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107 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Phil M.
Phil M3 years ago

I make my own almond milk and I calculated exactly how much of mine is almond. I use 1 1/2 cups almonds, two quarts water, and that's all. But the almond meal left over is 1 1/4 cup. Which equates to about 3% almonds in my milk. Maybe it is the dairy industry that is propagating this slander on almond milk?

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

Thank you for the recipe!

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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Thanks

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Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

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Zahra I.
Zahra I3 years ago

I love almond milk in my smoothies. I am going to try this recipe!

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Cupid L.
Past Member 3 years ago

I made the almond milk from your recipe and it is so good/ TY

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Dt Nc
Dt Nc3 years ago

Barely any protein in almond milks available at stores. Also, most of the nutrients were added to the milk. Not a good buy.

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

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Pat P.
Pat P3 years ago

Although making your own almond milk is a much better option, I find that unless you have a great blender, too much pulp remains. I used to save the excess pulp and freeze it to use in hot cereals, but I kept forgetting I had it, so I stopped making it. Walnut milk leaves less pulp, of course, with different nutrients.

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