Almonds are considered to be one of the worlds most healthiest food. Whether you want to snack on them raw or include them as an ingredient of a recipe, this versatile seed is packed with nutrition for all ages. Almonds are typically available throughout the year and contains biotin, vitamin E, vitamin B2, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber to count a few.
The nutritious packed food makes it an ideal candidate to be consumed in beverage form given the choice. So it is but natural to opt for almond milk as a suitable choice when shopping for nutrient packed drink. But you might be getting deluded into thinking you are getting the real deal when in fact it is just the opposite if you are getting it from commercial aisles.
The recent discovery has led to uncover the brutal truth behind commercially produced Almond drinks as they lack the nutrient punch because it contains hardly any almonds. These drinks are a good mix of water, sugar, bout of vitamins with hardly any almonds added.
As Business Insider puts it: “If Almond Milk closely resembles any beverage, it’s a glass of water and a multivitamin.”
Shocking Truth About Almonds Portion in Milk
We have heard about the loss of nutrients in processed food but it is quite shocking to learn the fact that half a gallon carton of Almond milk contains only a handful of actual almonds in the mix.
One brand, ALPRO, a UK Almond Milk brand brought back staggering results when it revealed only 2 percent of Almonds content in the beverage. Considering the ingredients more or less the same between US and UK almond milk brands, hence it hits closer to home.
Commercially made Almond milks watery content is solely responsible for containing only 30 calories per cup ( touted as a benefit over cow’s milk ) when actual almonds would equate up to 160 calories for the same amount.
“Based on these numbers,” Business Insider reported, “to get the nutritional value of a handful of almonds, you’d have to drink not just a few cups of the almond milk but an entire carton of it.”
How To Easily Prepare Almond Milk At Home
In order to take the most advantage out of Almond Milk without getting duped by immoral practice followed commercially, one can easily invest very little efforts in making Almond milk at home with the supreme satisfaction knowing not being cheated out of the actual benefits.
Here is a step by step process:
- Soak one cup of organic, raw Almonds in cold water overnight. ( Minimum 10-12 hours )
- Take 3 cups of water and blend the immersed almonds. ( Adjust water content as per the desired consistency )
- Strain the frothy mixture; either through strainer, cheese cloth or nutmilk bag.
- Ready to drink up.
The nutrition packed almond milk can stay in the fridge up to 3 days. The strained separated pulp is reusable by either adding it in smoothies or even as a topper on baked goodies.
As a conclusion it can be best said that if you want to to obtain the “true” health benefits of almonds, you can just create your own almond drink straight from your kitchen.