Store bought almond milk is mostly sugar water

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almond milk(NaturalHealth365) Do you drink almond milk instead of cow’s milk because you think it’s healthier? Well, that may be true, but only if you’re making your own fresh (organic) almond milk. Almond milk’s popularity can be seen due to its presence in most mainstream grocery stores – but there is a serious problem with those commercially-produced brands.

Store bought almond milk is not the health food most consumers believe it to be. You see, most commercial varieties have been bought by big corporations and are little more than expensive sugar water. Not only is most commercial almond milk devoid of the nutrients consumers expect, but the actual almond milk ingredients contain very few actual almonds.

The big almond milk lie exposed

Widely known, yet kept secret within the health food industry, commercially-produced almond milk actually only has about a handful of almonds per half-gallon carton. This means almonds only make up about two percent of store bought almond milk. What’s in the rest of it?

What you’ll find in commercial almond milk will shock you!

Commercial almond milk ingredients aren’t close to what you would expect. The first ingredient is usually water. Some brands use an almond base as the first ingredient, but even that may have very few almonds in it.

If the fiber content on your almond milk is low or non-existent, that almond base is practically almond-free. This means you are missing out on the benefits of the nutrients in real almonds. In addition, other common commercial almond milk ingredients include:

  • Evaporated cane juice (basically, sugar)
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Sea salt
  • Carrageenan
  • Fortified vitamins and minerals

Why all the deception in almond milk?

Most commercial almond milk manufacturers understand that their mainstream customers, who are the bulk of their consumer base, are not looking for a health food, and don’t care about almond milk benefits. They are looking for a non-dairy version of cow’s milk that looks and tastes like the real thing.

They manufacture their almond milk to appeal to this demographic. This leaves people who are genuinely looking for a healthy, nutrient-packed product with real almond milk benefits out in the cold.

If you are looking for a healthy product, you will want to stay away from most commercial almond milk. You’ll be getting a lot of empty calories from the sugar and very few, if any, nutrients in return. Your best alternative is to make homemade almond milk.

Homemade almond milk is quick and easy to whip up, and will give you all the almond milk benefits derived from real almonds you deserve.

To make homemade almond milk, just take one part whole, soaked almonds to three (or four) parts clean water and blend in a blender, then strain into a glass pitcher or jar. If you want sweetness, add a few pitted dates or a few drops of stevia and a pinch of sea salt. Store this in the refrigerator, and you will always have pure, clean, nutritious almond milk that you can feel good about drinking (and is inexpensive, too).

References:
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-almond-milk-is-basically-a-scam-2015-4
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=dailytip&dbid=203

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  • Denise Dunn

    Wow!

  • Sarah

    It is interesting to me that you say making your own almond milk is not expensive. It is much cheaper for me to buy almond milk than to buy a package of almonds and make my own. When you have a family of four or more, that becomes an expensive prospect. Sometimes I think the people who write these things don’t live in the real world where people are scrapping to get by and feed their families healthily. Just admit that it is expensive to eat organic, make your own almond milk, etc., then I’ll have a little more respect for what you say.

  • Frederick Millea

    I’m glad to see you are reporting on this but I called in a tip months ago that neither Natural News or Food Babe have acted on for some peculiar reason. I called “Silk” Foods product line listed on the side of the Silk “Organic” Soy carton on a whim. I asked them if there was fluoride in the water and the woman said “yes but only a minute amount, only .7 milligrams per liter.” !! Right over the damn phone! She basically announced that they use TAP WATER to make their “milks”. This is the allowable rate used by ALL communities that fluoridate their water. And yes, she stated that ALL of their milks contain fluoride.

    I was SO INFURIATED! Here I have specifically avoided drinking fluoridated water for over 40 years and I find out I’ve been getting some every time I bought the “organic” soy milk. I started calling other “health”food milk alternative producers. “Good Karma” said they’d get back to me. They didn’t. I called four times and finally the woman stated, after I told her that I was highly allergic to fluoride and might die, she said, “then don’t buy this product.” On and on it went. Almost ALL of alternative “milk” companies, and many of the “healthfood” soda companies have fluoride water in their products.

    All you have to do is CALL their representatives and you’ll find out. Why haven’t you called these hypocrites out on this and brought attention to it to the WORLD! I know there would be tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands who would be repulsed by this revelation. Those in this society who are attempting to live healthy lives and make healthy choices deserve to know about this corrupt and vile behavior by these predator companies.

  • Yolanda Bertaud

    I wonder if this is the case with all nut and seed milks? I rather make my own when I have the time but not all of us do. Perhaps switching to coconut milk will be better?

  • bought it once- under the assumption it is healthy. Hated the taste – read the ingredients and dumped it down the sink! All the gums and junk has nothing to do with almond milk! Now I am not a milk drinker to begin with so i do not miss it at all, I will use coconut milk if I really need some, just coconut no other ingredients, and it can be watered down in a blender as well.

  • Bill Sanders

    I avoid anything with soy in it, because it is estrogenic. Buy i have been using the Silk brand almond milk – and recently tried their cashew milk. I should have known it was cleverly packaged poison. Most things are these days.