Currently there are tons of plant-based alternatives for dairy-free milk in the market and we understand how mind gruelling it is when you can't decide between them all. One of the most popular options is Almond Milk. Most cafes in Singapore provide soy milk alternatives to their drink while only a handful of them offer Almond milk because of its cost price.
Is the price of Almond milk worth it?
4 Benefits of Almond Milk Nutrition
1. Helps to Prevent or Managing Certain Cancers
Almond milk has been shown in lab research to reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells. Because of the presence of monounsaturated fat, almond milk nutrition can also help play a role in the potential prevention of endometrial cancer.
The consumption of high levels of monounsaturated fat is also associated with a decreased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (a rare form of liver cancer) and certain breast cancer markers, according to research published in the International Journal of Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research’s Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. (1, 2) This is why almonds are among the best cancer-fighting foods, and so is almond milk.
2. Keeps Your Heart Strong
The fat in almond milk nutrition benefits your heart greatly. By replacing saturated fat with other mono- and polyunsaturated fats, you help to protect your heart against coronary heart disease.
These fats also have a significant role to play in decreasing the risk of a cluster disorder known as metabolic syndrome. This condition is a combination of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, extra body fat around the core and poor cholesterol levels and is a precursor to heart attack or stroke.
3. Helps Build Strong Teeth and Bones
One of the benefits of almond milk nutrition is that it’s still a good source of vitamin D that helps keep your bones and teeth strong and dense. Those awesome fats in almond milk also contribute to bone health. Consuming monounsaturated fat is one method of helping prevent osteoporosis and bone weakness.
4. Fights Free Radical Damage and Disease Formation
Almond milk is also high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants work by fighting free radical damage caused by chemicals in food, sun exposure and various other things. By consuming significant amounts of vitamin E, your body can fight off the disease-causing effects of free radicals. It even helps keep your skin healthy and slows the ageing process.
Homemade Almond Milk
Store-bought almond milk can be beneficial, although you should always make sure to purchase only unsweetened varieties. However, some store-bought almond milk contains carrageenan, a thickening additive from seaweed that’s linked to inflammation, ulcerative colitis and diabetes.
But making your own almond milk isn’t very complicated and requires few tools. The process begins by soaking almonds in water for 24–48 hours, then blending them down into a paste and juicing out the paste with a cheesecloth.
What is your favourite plant-based alternative milk?
Content and research adapted from: Dr Axe (https://draxe.com)