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Almond Milk -- your experiences good and bad


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  I am thinking of trying "eating clean" so I gave almond milk a whirl today.  It tasted great, but 3 hours later I had ... ahem... diarrhea.  I don't know if its connected to the almond milk,  but that is the only "new" food I ate today.  I don't actually even feel sick at all - no headache, chills, sweats, weakness, fatigue, nothing.

I have had it in the past with no problems,  and I eat raw almonds and other nuts quite regularly with no problems.  Maybe just a coincidence,  but I am curious if other people have had issues?  I used Almond Breeze Vanilla Sweetened.

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I have never had any issues with it.  I regularly use either Almond  Breeze Unflavored (Original) at 40 calories a cup or the Silk Almond Milk Unflavored at 35 calories a cup.  Interestingly, they seem extremely shelf stable and have lasted in the fridge for awhile.  Thinking of them in the same way as dairy milk, I try to be careful of it getting "too old" but never had any go bad or, for that matter, had any unpleasant "side effects".

I have silk unsweetened almond milk every morning on my bowl of cereal and I've never had any negative side effects from it. I would give it another try and see if the unpleasant side effects occur again, if so, then maybe soy milk or another cow milk alternative. Best of luck!

I actually tried almond milk for the first time today, mostly to see what all the fuss is about (have been hearing a lot about how good it tastes etc). I've got pretty severe IBS so often react to "new" foods, but haven't had any adverse effects from the almond milk. But everyone's different, there might've been something in it that your digestive system reacted to.

Have to say though, I won't be buying it again. Too thin and bland in my opinion. Will be going back to full fat cow's milk again when I've finished the carton I bought.

Not so good, unfortunately. I've tried 3 different brands, both sweetened and unsweetened, and they all had the same effects on me. (TMI warning!!!)Almond milk makes me fart like crazy! Which is unfortnate, because I really do like the taste of almond milk! Oh well, it just forces me to have it as an occasional treat instead.

For a while, I was having chocolate and regular almond milk - I would mix them together for an after-dinner treat, use the chocolate in my coffee because I like the mocha taste, etc.  Then I switched back to skim milk for the regular, but keep the chocolate for my coffee and treat.  I found I had a craving for the regular skim milk.  In general, it's good stuff.  And I like it as an alternative to the soy products, because I've had enough problems with hormones...don't need any random ones!  Haven't noticed any digestive problems, and anything that's "off" def hits me right in the gut.

I use Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla...no problems.

Honestly, Violet...I think the three hour time lag points to something else.

It would seem to me if you were going to have a reaction, it would have been a lot quicker.

Are you on antibiotics? Had a lot of fiber yesterday? Ate any snack bar or protein type drink with sugar alchols ?

I hope you feel better soon!

Original Post by hypergraphica:

Have to say though, I won't be buying it again. Too thin and bland in my opinion. Will be going back to full fat cow's milk again when I've finished the carton I bought.

I thought that too when I was using the Almond Breeze milk. I much prefer unsweetened vanilla Silk Pure Almond milk. It is thicker and creamier, more like low fat cows milk.

I have never had any adverse reactions to it. I use it on cereal, when I cook (baking, pancakes, etc) and my son drinks it plain.

Wow!  Thanks for all the replies, folks!

@brightmoments:  I think you're right re:time lag.  I actually had another glass later (brave me) that same night,  and no ill effects.

Must have been something else that "did it."

Take care, all :D

 

Exthellent. Glad you are feeling better.

Thanks!  me too!

I've recently switched from Silk Soy to Almond Breeze Unsweetened and haven't had not problems.  Like the taste and so far with cooking I haven't had an issues either.   Maybe you just had a perfect storm to get your stomach upset, I've had that happen before without any new foods on the menu for the day. Also sometimes there is a delay and what caused the problem might actually be from the day before.

I would be careful how long you leave it in the fridge. It says on the carton finish within 7 days of opening.

I'm just wondering: why did you decide to go with almond milk as part of a "clean" diet? Were you drinking cow's milk before? If so, why isn't cow's milk "clean"? I'm just failing to see the connection between almond milk and a "clean diet." I guess it depends on the definition of a "clean diet."

I've tried all the milk alternatives, except Soy (I heard men should avoid Soy). I like the Almond Breeze unsweetened Vanilla.

 

If you want a more creamy taste, mix it with vanilla protein powder.  

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kittycats--your comment is a GAS! (pun intended).  I tried mixing Silk Almond Milk and Silk Coconut Milk together, then I added a tbsp. of Sugar Free Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.  OMG!  It's like having an Almond Joy candy bar without the guilt and calories.

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I'm just wondering: why did you decide to go with almond milk as part of a "clean" diet? Were you drinking cow's milk before? If so, why isn't cow's milk "clean"? I'm just failing to see the connection between almond milk and a "clean diet." I guess it depends on the definition of a "clean diet."


My concern was cholesterol with cow's milk...plus bloating and pain. Not really sure about the 'clean' aspect either. Plus I tend to think of cow's milk as intended to grow baby cows big.

That's true, but I couldn't do without cheese or butter.  So much flavor.  And baking without butter is impossible, and I love to bake.

However I love the taste of different milks and often buy them for smoothies.  Almond milk is actually my favorite, but I like coconut milk and soy milk too.  I hate rice milk and hemp milk.

I will offer a different perspective in defense of milk - when I was breastfeeding I couldn't have any dairy since my son was intolerant of it so I had to completely eliminate it - even in breads and other processed foods.  I lost some weight, true, but my teeth felt weaker and looked yellower, and it didn't change my bowel movements (TMI?) the way I had hoped, since I'd always heard milk causes mucus in your intestines and constipates you.  I felt weak and my back hurt all the time, even though I was eating high-calcium foods and supplementing with calcium and Vitamin D.  I was glad when I could reintroduce dairy again.  

I will say that I think it was better for my seasonal allergies, though, when I was dairy-free.

Original Post by brightmoments:

Original Post by bierorama:

I'm just wondering: why did you decide to go with almond milk as part of a "clean" diet? Were you drinking cow's milk before? If so, why isn't cow's milk "clean"? I'm just failing to see the connection between almond milk and a "clean diet." I guess it depends on the definition of a "clean diet."


My concern was cholesterol with cow's milk...plus bloating and pain. Not really sure about the 'clean' aspect either. Plus I tend to think of cow's milk as intended to grow baby cows big.


 

Right. My husband is lactose intolerant so he has to use a non-dairy milk. We went with almond over soy and I actually enjoy unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Blue Diamond refrigerated; the shelf stable variety has an odd texture, IMO), especially in my tea.

Yes, cow's milk is for making baby cows grow but humans consume a lot of things that other animals don't. Like almond milk.

I totally understand that it's personal preferance on the type of milk that one drinks (if any) but I don't see why the OP would cut out cow's milk (if she was drinking it in the first place) if she enjoys it because she doesn't think it's "clean." As long as it's organic, cow's milk is perfectly fine to drink, yeah?

Again, I missing the connection between almond milk and clean eating.

I also had goat's milk once (it was the cow milk proteins he was intolerant of) and it was sooo strong in flavor!  I couldn't guzzle it down.  It was like drinking cheese to me.  If you have fat-free or low-fat milk cholesterol shouldn't be a problem.

Also, aren't recent studies showing that dietary cholesterol doesn't effect cholesterol build up in the blood like it was once suspected of doing and that the real culprit is trans fat?

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