Does almond milk have dairy?

In the following text we will be answering the question, “does almond milk have dairy?” We will also discuss the difference between dairy milk and almond milk. We will also be discussing the health benefits of almond milk.

Does almond milk have dairy?

No, almond milk is not considered dairy nor does it have any dairy components in it. Almond milk is purely obtained from the almond and it contains no traces of dairy in it, but it is a good substitute for dairy.

How is almond milk made?

The proper way to make almond milk is to blend and mix almonds with water. In the second step the solid portion of the mixture is removed and the remaining liquid is known as almond milk. The texture of almond milk is very similar to normal milk and it has a specific nutty taste in it.

Nowadays the use of almond milk has increased a lot and due to this certain flavoured options of almond milk are available in the market. Almond milk has a good taste and avoids taking the options that contain added sugars in it. .

You should keep your opened almond milk carton or bottle in the refrigerator. If almond milk isn’t refrigerated for too long, bacteria will grow on it, causing it to spoil and perhaps making you sick.

Unopened shelf-stable cartons should be kept in a temperature-controlled environment. Avoid regions where it may become too hot, as this may cause the milk to spoil before you open it. Check the package for exact temperature suggestions.

What is the difference between dairy (cow) milk and almond milk?

If the almond milk contains a good amount of almonds in it then its nutritional value will be higher. Almonds contain many vitamins and minerals along with healthy fats in them. Both the milk have different nutrition compositions. 100 ml of almond and cow milk contains the following nutrients.

Nutrients Almond milkCow milk
Carbohydrates 1.3  g5.5 g
Fats0.9 g4.4 g
Protein 0.4 g3.8 g
Energy 15  kcal78 kcal 
Phosphorus 9 mg101 mg
Potassium 67 mg164 g
Zinc 3 mg0.4 g
Calcium 184 mg127 mg
Magnesium 6 mg11.4 g
Folate 1 µg0 µg
Vitamin E6.3  mg0 mg 
Sodium 72 mg 42 mg

What are the proper ways to store almond milk?

Packaged almond milk has its expiration date and it should not be consumed beyond its expiration date. Following are some proper ways to store almond milk

  • You can’t leave an opened can of almond milk as it will catch the microbes and will spoil.
  • You should keep your opened almond milk carton or bottle in the refrigerator. If almond milk isn’t refrigerated for too long, bacteria will grow on it, causing it to spoil and perhaps making you sick.
  • Unopened shelf-stable cartons should be kept in a temperature-controlled environment. Avoid regions where it may become too hot, as this may cause the milk to spoil before you open it. Check the package for exact temperature suggestions.
  • Maintain a tight seal on the carton. This will prevent bacteria from developing by keeping oxygen out.

What are the health benefits of drinking almond milk?

  • If you are looking for a reduced-calorie and dairy-free alternative to milk then almond milk should be your choice. A Study was conducted in which participants replaced their milk intake with almond milk and they consumed 1 cup of almond milk for 4 weeks which resulted in a decrease in BMI
  • Almond milk is a very suitable option for diabetic people as it does not raise the blood sugar levels quickly and it has a good amount of protein and healthy fats in it.
  • Sometimes almond milk is supplemented with calcium to increase its health benefits. Adding calcium to almond milk is very beneficial for your bone and teeth health. Calcium also helps to improve cardiovascular functions. Different brands have different percentages of added calcium in the almond milk.
  • Almonds contain healthy fats that are good for heart health. Almonds are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids which provide a protective effect on the heart. Several studies prove that consuming almond milk has improved cardiovascular functions.
  • Almond milk is lactose-free and it is a suitable option for people who are lactose intolerant and suffering from celiac disease. Almond milk will provide them with the necessary minerals and vitamins. Added calcium is supplemented to the almond milk to increase its nutritional value.
  • Almond milk is a good option for vegan people., as it doesn’t contain dairy. People who are allergic to nuts should keep in mind that it is made from almonds and avoid consuming almond milk

Conclusion 

In the above text we answered the question, “does almond milk have dairy?” We also discussed the difference between dairy milk and almond milk. We will also be discussing the  health benefits of almond milk.

References 

https://www.scirp.org/html/8-2701892_66913.htm

https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/2259793/nutrients

https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/132/4/703/4687327

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.