In looking for alternatives to normal dairy milk produced from cows, there are a few options out there. Right now I would like to focus on the benefits of almond milk.
First, we need to take a look at why we’re even looking for alternatives. What happened between the time of my childhood and now that has many people losing confidence in the health of dairy products in general?
I picked out one Spanish-Moroccan scientist study group to sum it all up. They found that in a single glass of milk there are up to 20 pharmaceutical drugs, including pain killers, antibiotics, and growth hormones. They do say they are in such small amounts that we shouldn’t worry about it. Really?
Add to these drugs the use of GMO feed and you’ve got a drink that is just a bit toxic. Is this something we really want our children and us to consume every day?
What Milk Do We Drink Then?
Many parents don’t know what the alternatives are to “normal” milk and there is much fear-mongering about dairy being the absolute only source of vitamin D and calcium for our children. This is absolutely ludicrous.
Here are a few options to consider:
- Organic milk – This usually comes GMO-free, no hormones or antibiotics, grass fed and mostly free-range. It will be a little more expensive, but it’s worth it for your health if you want to go this route.
- Raw milk – I don’t have enough personal experience with this, but research shows that when it comes from cows with no hormones and antibiotics, it’s super healthy for you. Especially since it’s not pasteurized, which is a process that destroys the proteins, healthy bacteria and even destroys many of the vitamins. I would urge safety when researching this. The FDA doesn’t like it, but I’ll let you research why.
- Almond milk – This is what we use for our family as an alternative.
Benefits of Almond Milk
We use this in our home because we’d prefer not to consume drugs in our dairy. I would like to list for you the benefits of almonds and the milk.
- Great source of healthy fats
- They are packed with antioxidants
- High in fiber
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Free of dairy, soy, gluten, lactose and MSG
- 45% calcium, 25% vitamin D, 50% vitamin B12 per cup
- No artificial flavors
- No high-fructose corn syrup
Compared to the statistics the USDA released regarding a typical glass of 1% dairy milk, the almond alternative has 50% more calcium. Isn’t that amazing?
Our children really like drinking it and using it in cereals. It just makes sense to us to use this as an alternative to dairy for better health.
After reading some of these benefits, what do you think about trying almond milk in the near future?