Almond milk, technically, it is not milk by definition because it is not produce from mammary glands of the mammals. Almond milk comes from almonds, which is plant-based. The almond milk is a milk-like product having the texture similar to milk, but somehow beige in color and has the nutty flavor of the almond. The composition is also different in terms of nutrient contents. Specifically, this nutty milk is produced from ground almond nuts and many individuals use this milk because it has no lactose nor cholesterol present, which is ideal for health buff and for those suffering from lactose intolerance.
Almond milk can be made at home and is commercially available.
Nutritional content of almond milk
People use almond milk as a substitute for animal milk for various reasons, but generally it is all about better health. Generally, almonds as nuts are rich in several nutrients such as vitamin E (an antioxidant), fiber, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium (use as reactants in more than 300 processes inside the body), zinc, manganese, iron, potassium, copper (aids in red blood cells formation, assists in the formation of collagen and keeps healthy nerve cells), calcium and tryptophan. Fiber itself is not present in animal milk.
According to the United Kingdom Institute of Food Research, finely ground almond nuts have the potential prebiotic properties that is said to aid in boosting the digestive health through increasing the levels of some beneficial and good bacteria within the stomach". As almond milk, it has less protein content in comparison to the popular cow's milk and other milk from other animal sources. For this reason, it is not suitable to use almond milk for babies under two years old and have atopic dermatitis.
Can help in weight loss
Can almonds help in weight loss? Yes, a 2003 study published in the International Journal of Obesity stated that eating almond nuts with worth 300 calories can help in weight loss in comparison to the common calorie controlling diets. According to the study, weight loss is possible because of the fiber, protein and healthy fats present in this nut. In addition to that, almonds can regular the amount of sodium present in the body, just make sure the source is unsalted nuts.
Healthier skin with almonds
It is proven that the oil from almond nuts is used for natural treatment and caring for the skin, regular consumption of almonds is also beneficial for the skin. The presence of vitamin E is the main reason for this. Also, almonds contain substances as tocotrienols and tocopherols. These two are the true forms of vitamin E and truly powerful nutrients capable of protecting the elastin and collagen proteins of the skin. It protects the skin from the damages caused by the some harmful free radicals. As it protects elastin and collagen, your skin is maintained to look young and firm as well as preventing the appearance of signs of aging. Flavonoids, an antioxidant, are also present in this nut. This antioxidant provides the defense you need for your skin against the damages caused by your surroundings.