Okay, so most of us now are aware that MILK does NOT do our bodies good, contrary to what our parents and grandparents thought… But, what about the dairy alternatives… almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk…?
I love almond milk and have been drinking it for the past 5 years, but only recently have I started to make my own almond milk from scratch due to the superfluously dangerous ingredients found in almost every store sold milk alternative.
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze is the most popular store bought almond milk and after surveying most of the LA based coffee and tea shops this is the most used almond milk amongst them.
*ingredients listed in Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Original
Of course the preservatives listed are not uncommon to us as most grocery store products have a list of hard to pronounce preservatives. However, most of the dairy alternatives have a deadly carcinogenic ingredient, carrageenan, which is a common food additive that is extracted from a red seaweed. Carrageenan, used as a thickening agent to improve the texture of many dairy and dairy alternative products such as, milk, ice cream, yogurt etc, has NO nutritional value and has actually been linked to some very detrimental and concerning health risks.
Multiple studies have linked a causal effect between carrageenan and inflammation, especially within the digestive system. This is cause for alarm as we already are aware that chronic inflammation is at the root of many threatening diseases (cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s diseases, Alzheimer’s) and chronic inflammatory bowel disease, including Chron’s and Ulcerative Colitis.
So, next time you reach for a nut milk or dairy alternative at the store, hoping to gain health benefits from the undeniably- good-for-you protein packed super food (almonds), make sure your brand doesn’t include the big, bad, ugly C word.
Recipe for a simple homemade Almond Milk that really does do the body good:
1 cup raw almonds | 4 cups water | 1 teaspoon vanilla extract | 1 teaspoon raw blue agave
place 1 cup raw almonds in blender with a cup of boiling hot water, let sit for 35 minutes. Add 3 cups of filtered water, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of raw blue agave into blender and blend until frothy. Pour mixture through a very small sieve. *you can use all the non liquid as almond flour to bake with later!
DR. DEEPIKA CHOPRA