Sunday, April 24, 2011

Industry Trend: Almond Milk

Industry Trend: Almond Milk

Whether your lactose-intolerant or just worried about the extra fat and calories in traditional milk, almond milk has proved itself to be a healthy new option to replace 2% and skim milk with. This replacement takes over milk’s roll in a surplus of dishes including in cereal, oatmeal, milk shakes or in a tall glass with Oreos. This lactose, gluten and cholesterol free liquid has started to become popular in many peoples’ kitchens and has been added to the menus of many restaurants as a milk substitute.

What It Is: Almond Milk is made from ground almonds and water and doesn’t contain any animal products, lactose or cholesterol. Almonds are packed with natural antioxidants and are recognized by health professionals as a nutritious addition to your diet. It includes vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, iron and zinc. Not only do almonds offer high levels of antioxidants but also are a great source of calcium, protein and fiber. Because it contains no animal products, it has far less saturated fat than cow’s milk and is much lower in carbohydrates and calories. On average, an 8 oz. serving contains only 3 grams of fat, 40 calories and 0 mg of cholesterol whereas an 8 oz. serving of whole milk contains 5 grams of fat, 146 calories and 24 mg of cholesterol.

The milk comes in plain, vanilla or chocolate and can be sweetened or unsweetened.

Who Might be Interested: Almond milk could appeal to a fairly long list of people. Because it doesn’t contain animal products, this milk can be used by vegan and vegetarian people. Also, almond milk does not contain lactose so it is safe for people who are lactose intolerant or who have a slight milk allergy. People who do not want to drink traditional milk but who are allergic to the soy found in soymilk might also enjoy almond milk as a replacement. Historically, almond milk was consumed by people during Lent so this could also appeal today to people of the Catholic faith during this religious holiday. Finally, almond milk is gluten-free so for those suffering from celiac disease might like this milk replacement.

Because almond milk contains zero cholesterol, people concerned with saturated fat and cholesterol due to heart conditions or history of heart conditions in the family might want to try replacing traditional milk with this newfound taste-alike.

For people trying to cut calories and fat, almond milk is an easy aspect of the daily diet to change without suffering negative side-effects or missing out on the cereal, oatmeal or milk and Oreo experience.

Availability: Almond milk can be found in most large grocery stores and can be purchased online as well. Some common brands are Silk PureAlmond, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze and Taste the Dream Almond Dream.

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