Let’s go nuts over almond milk!

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With up to 35 % of people dealing with Lactose intolerance issues, it’s great to know that almond milk can be a great alternative to cows milk. Here are some benefits that almond milk offers making it a great dairy substitute:

Works well with your weight management program: one cup of regular Almond milk contains only 60 calories. It contains 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, helping your skin stay healthy. It offers 30 percent of the recommended daily amount of calcium, as well as 25 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin D, reducing your risk for arthritis and increasing your bone health. It’s low in carbohydrates, to help regulate your blood sugar. It contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing. One serving contains one gram of fiber. It doesn’t require refrigeration making it easy to transport with you. It’s great as an alternative for cow’s milk and people who need to be on a lactose free diet.

Almond milk contains no cholesterol and only 5 mg of sodium per serving.

The moderate levels of Vitamin A found in almond milk helps keep our eyes functioning properly.

Almond milk is rich in phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Almond milk contains no animal products or by products, it’s suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

While almond milk is becoming more and more popular, it’s important to note that it doesn’t provide as much protein or calcium to be a complete substitute, so make sure you receive adequate amounts from other sources. One cup only has one gram of protein versus 8 grams in cow’s milk, and 2 milligrams of calcium versus 300 milligrams in cow’s milk.

 

Source: PTI Buzz – February 10, 2013