10 Reasons To Drink Almond Milk
If you’re on the look-out for a dairy-free milk substitute, almond milk is a fab alternative.
I started drinking almond milk a few months back after it was recommended to me by a nutritionist friend. I had become increasingly sensitive to milk and needed something different because I still wanted the calcium.
And I loved milk. The idea of giving it up altogether just wasn’t on my agenda!
My nutritionist friend got me onto almond milk, and although I was sceptical at first, I haven’t looked back since. It’s tasty, and it works as a solid alternative to regular milk for anyone who is either vegan, doesn’t like the taste of regular milk, or who has become sensitive to it (like me).
Almond milk is a solid replacement for milk, but it’s worth mentioning that it doesn’t contain quite as much protein or calcium as the regular stuff. With that said, here are 10 very good reasons to start drinking almond milk.
Almond Milk Can Help You Lose Weight
It might not contain as much protein or calcium as regular milk, but the good thing is that it doesn’t contain as many calories either.
A single cup of whole milk can contain up to a whopping 146 calories, while a cup of almond milk contains as few as 60. The benefits here are obvious: Replacing whole milk with almond milk can help you to shift a few pounds if that’s a priority of yours right now.
(as long as you don’t start drinking double the amount of almond milk because you like the taste!)
Almond Milk Looks After Your Heart
Milk, for all its goodness, is one of those luxuries we enjoy that too much of could actually be bad for us. For all its protein and calcium, it’s also rich in calories, bad fats, and cholesterol.
Not so almond milk. In fact, there are zero calories, saturated fat and cholesterol in this type of milk.
Another one of amazing health benefits of almond milk is that it’s also got very little sodium content, but it is high in healthy fats. This means that it’s healthy for your heart and can prevent heart disease an high blood pressure.
It’s Vegan Friendly
Turning vegan is a big life choice, and a much bigger life choice than some people realise. It’s okay to turn vegan for ethical reasons and to stick to your guns when everyone is telling you “Go on! Have a piece of meat! You know you want to!”
But it’s also important that you adjust your diet properly so that you’re still feeding your body essential nutrients.
Almond milk is ideal for vegans as a replacement for regular milk, as it contains important B vitamins which your body needs.
Almond Milk Looks After Your Bones
Osteoporosis is not something many of us think about when we’re young. But thinning bones is becoming increasingly common, largely thanks to a poor diet and lifestyle. Osteoporosis can occur as a result of too little calcium in your system, and it can result in very painful bones that prevent you from being at your best.
As mentioned, almond milk doesn’t contain as much calcium as regular milk, but it contains enough to ward off osteoporosis. As well as giving you up to 30% of the daily recommended amount of calcium, almond milk also contributes around a quarter of the daily recommended amount of vitamin D, too. This lowers your risk of both arthritis and osteoporosis, and also gives your immune system a boost.
It’s Loaded With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are your body’s first line of defence against rogue molecules called free radicals. These pesky little dudes have only one mission – to cause as much mayhem in your body as possible.
And if you let them, they will do just that. Conditions they can cause include skin complaints, migraines – and even cancer.
One of fabulous health benefits of almond milk is that it’s loaded in antioxidants that protect you against the the villainous free radicals, patrolling your system so that you stay clean and healthy.
Almond Milk Reduces Bloating
One of the annoying symptoms that can sometimes come with drinking milk is boating. URGH.
I know, I’ve been there. But almond milk can eliminate this symptom. According to The Milk Monitor Report, 30% of those tested said they experienced a reduction in bloating compared to regular milk.
Almond Milk Keeps Your Skin Fresh
One of great health benefits of almond milk is that it can help keep your skin fresh. Healthy, glowing skin is important to young women. None of us want to look old before our time. But if anything is going to kick-start the ageing process, it’s our skin.
When my nutritionist told me that almond milk would keep my skin young and fresh, I was pretty excited. Indeed, one of my biggest beauty concerns is ageing skin. Thanks to almond milk, which can offer you over half of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E, I – and you – are able to take good care of our skin, protecting it against the factors of ageing, such as sun damage.
It’s So Versatile
You don’t have to just drink almond milk. You can do many things with it! You can add it to smoothies, use it for baking or cooking, or you can pour it over your favourite breakfast cereal. There are many great ways to enjoy this healthy drink.
Almond Milk Boosts Your Powers Of Recovery
If you’re a gym bunny, you probably know all about the aches and pains that follow a tough workout session. Sometimes, these aches and pains linger on for a few days and put you off even returning to the gym.
Almond milk could be the best post-workout drink you’ve tried yet. While it doesn’t contain as much protein as regular milk (a key nutrient that speeds up the healing process), it is rich in B vitamins, such as riboflavin and iron, which boost your powers of recovery.
Because Almond Milk Tastes Great!
A lot of people are sceptical before they first try almond milk. I certainly was. My biggest scepticism had nothing to do with its health benefits. It was all to do with how it would taste.
But almond milk actually tastes fantastic. It’s subjective, of course, but in my opinion it tastes a lot better than regular cow’s milk. Unique, easy on your taste buds and super palatable, almond milk is one of the yummiest drinks around. Try it!
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Stay happy and healthy!