Approximately since 2014 almond milk become a healthy lifestyle trend in society until today. Almond milk has become a substitute of the regular cow’s milk we consume daily. Especially for vegans who do not like milk, or sensitive with milk, this almond milk will be a good alternative for your healthy lifestyle.
Unlike the almond milk before consumption, cow’s milk has to go through a heating process called ‘pasteurization‘. When pasteurized, most of the nutrient content of cow’s milk is potentially damaged by heating. On the other hand, almond milk can be consumed directly without having to go through a heating process so it will not lose their nutritional content.
Based on Time magazine polling that involving 5 health experts to collect about their views on the benefits of almond milk. 4 of 5 The health experts agree that the almond milk has more benefits and contains many nutrients that are not owned by any other type of milk.
Almond Milk vs Regular Milk ?
Almond milk is regarded as an obvious choice for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. In addition, the calorie content of milk almond 50% lower than cow’s milk. And for the other thing almond milk has benefits for people who want to lose weight, because it is not of animal products, it has no cholesterol. But let’s take more detail what is the advantage of almond milk:
Good for cardiovascular system
Almond milk contains no cholesterol or saturated fats. The sodium content is also low and high healthy fat (like omega fatty acids, such as found in fish), which helps prevent high blood pressure and heart disease.
Help you lose weight
1 cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to cow’s milk contains 146 calories, 122 calories in 2%, 1% 102 calories, 85 calories in skim. Almond milk help you lose or maintain your healthy weight.
Bones become stronger
Although it does not contain much calcium as cow’s milk, almond milk provides 30% of the benefits of calcium daily, also 25% of the benefits of vitamin D reduces the risk of arthritis, osteoporosis, and improve immune function. He also improve the health of bones and teeth shape.
Reducing the risk of diabetes
Almond milk (without additives) has a low carbohydrate, which means it does not directly increase your blood sugar levels significantly, thereby reducing the risk of developing diabetes. This is because the almond milk contains low glycemic index, and your body will use carbohydrates for energy, so the sugar is stored as fat!
Maintain healthy skin
Almond milk contains 50% of vitamin E, which contains antioxidants that are beneficial for skin health, such as protecting the skin from damage due to exposure to sunlight.
Helps strengthen muscles and healing
Although it contains only 1 gram of protein each glass, it contains a lot of vitamin B such as iron and riboflavin, which are both essential for strong muscle growth and healing.
Does not contain lactose
People who suffer from lactose intolerance trouble digesting the sugar in cow’s milk. If you frequent abdominal pain or diarrhea after drinking milk, you may also suffer from lactose intolerance. If so, more suitable almond milk consumed by you as a substitute for cow’s milk, because it does not contain lactose.
Improving your digestion
Almond milk contains nearly 1 gram of fiber per cup, which is essential for healthy digestion!
How to make almond milk at your kitchen
In the midst of popularity of almond milk, there is need to consider and take note. Almond milk does not have a lot of protein or calcium to be a substitute for cow’s milk entirely. One glass of almond milk has only 1 gram of protein than cow’s milk has 8 grams. Besides calcium 2 milligrams calcium content than cow’s milk contains 300 milligrams.
- 1 cup organic raw almonds
- 2 cups water for blending and some more water for
- 7 of dates for sweetener, preferable date palm
- First of all you need to soak the almonds at least overnight or up to 2 days. Put the water in a bowl or a container and soak the almonds.
- After that drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them under cool running water to remove the phytic acid from it.
- Take your blender, put the almonds and 2 cups of water/li>
- Run the blender and set to highest speed for about 2 minutes. Use pulse in the blender a few times to break up the almonds.
- Strain the blended almonds.
- Put the rest of strained blended almonds and put them into nut milk bag, squeeze and press with clean hands to extract as much almond milk as possible.
Note: This almond milk should be good to be consumed until 5 days if you put it in a refrigerator.