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Almond milk vs. 1% milk


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I just purchased my first carton of Almond milk.  I'm excited about it being only 60 calories for 8 oz.  But Now I'm worrying about the other benefits of milk.  The container of Almond milk claims to have double the calcium but when I compared it to the 1% has way less Protein....Any one have thoughts on this?  I figured I would use it in my morning smoothie as a way to cut calories and was pleasantly surprised with how nice it tastes.  So Almond or 1%?  

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After drinking only Almond Milk (plain & vanilla) for the last 4 months, my friend fed me oatmeal for breakfast one morning with 2% cow's milk added. I had diarrhea all day long! Since I normally eat oatmeal, I knew it had to be the cow's milk. I'm able to eat greek yogurt and cheese & such, so I'm not lactose intolerant, but there's just something about the cow's milk that plays havoc with my digestion.

My favorite is cereal (mini shredded wheat or grapenuts) with frozen berries or cherries on top, then add the almond milk. The milk freezes around the little fruits, giving it a little frozen yogurt action! It's fun!

Enjoy your Almond Milk.....I do!

I am in love with Almond Breeze Vanilla. I haven't liked skim, aka 1%, since I had my first child back in 1970. The difference for me is daylight and dark as I had been having to use Lactaid with my milk or buy the Lactaid brand as well. Almond Breeze goes wonderfully with my morning granola, I drink it plain something I never did with milk and it makes a great milkshake with far fewer calories! Sometimes I think we worry too much about getting EVERYTHING from one food source. Almond milk tastes great, does not give me a headache like soy and works with my recipes. A win-win for me.

My husband is diabetic and almond milk has opened lots of options for us. It is wonderful in sugar free pudding, pancakes, low carb milk shakes, etc. Getting the extra protein in other forms (like natural peanut butter or beans) does a great job. I buy unsweetened Pure Silk Almond milk and it only has 35 calories per serving. Like I said I make an awesome banana pudding with Whonu vanilla wafers, almond milk, sugar free banana pudding mix and  bananas. My husband can hardly tell the difference and at least his sweet tooth is soothed.  If I want a night time snack, I add splenda and a couple of drops of vanilla to 8 oz. and it is really good. Just like the option of having something so low cal in my fridge.

 

I would DEFINITELY stick to Almond Milk! Milk and almost all dairy, unless it's organic, is loaded with some nasty things that you should avoid. Milk is highly overrated by the dairy and big ag industries. They want your money with no concerns for your health. Read up on the effects of dairy on your body. Hope this helps a little! Wink

I love almond milk but the artilces I read on this site say it does not have the health benefits via protein of soy or regular milk. I am hypothyroid so I cannot have any soy; it increases estrogen levels and blocks thyroid horomone, so I have nonfat milk in my coffee once a day. I think at least milk is less processed to produce and my answer is always as unprocessed as possible.
Original Post by olingeras2:

Our bodies are not designed to process cow's milk. As humans, we are the only species who continues to consume milk past childhood much less from a different species. Also let's not forget the hormones and antibiotics we are probably consuming in the cow's milk. I vote for the almond milk.

As humans how are we better able to handle a drink manufactured out of almonds?

Original Post by trh:

Original Post by olingeras2:

Our bodies are not designed to process cow's milk. As humans, we are the only species who continues to consume milk past childhood much less from a different species. Also let's not forget the hormones and antibiotics we are probably consuming in the cow's milk. I vote for the almond milk.

As humans how are we better able to handle a drink manufactured out of almonds?

Not to mention that as humans, we are the only species to do a lot of things. Like wear clothes, cook our food or make "milk" out of almonds.

If we didn't eat those things that leach nutrients from our systems we wouldn't need to worry about which or whether milk was essential.

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In my opinion, cow's milk is only meant for calves.

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Original Post by janatha:

How does the Almond Milk compare with Soy Milk?

I think this question needs to be answered. I'm thinking about making the switch. I drink a lot of milk and I put it in everything. Started making smoothies with soy milk to try and cut down. I've noticed a lot of people talk about almond milk and i'm willing to give it a try. 

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Why not use both? I use almond milk in my shakes because I get my protein from the powder I add.

But I enjoy a glass of  1% milk as a snack with my homemade cheese chips.

Cheese Chips= Using a teaspoon, place little piles of parmesan cheese on top of a foil lined pan in your toaster oven.   Bake the cheese piles at 350 degrees for a few minutes until they melt and bubble up into little round flat crackers.  Once you remove and cool them, you have little crunchy totally carb free cheese crackers that are great with soup or a glass of milk. 

Original Post by mbro500253881:

My husband is diabetic and almond milk has opened lots of options for us. It is wonderful in sugar free pudding, pancakes, low carb milk shakes, etc. Getting the extra protein in other forms (like natural peanut butter or beans) does a great job. I buy unsweetened Pure Silk Almond milk and it only has 35 calories per serving. Like I said I make an awesome banana pudding with Whonu vanilla wafers, almond milk, sugar free banana pudding mix and  bananas. My husband can hardly tell the difference and at least his sweet tooth is soothed.  If I want a night time snack, I add splenda and a couple of drops of vanilla to 8 oz. and it is really good. Just like the option of having something so low cal in my fridge.

 

Try getting rid of the splenda and replacing it with agave.  Agave is great and diabetic friendly!  It's much better tasting than splenda and 'natural', you can cook/bake with it too without it losing it's integrity.

 

Oh, and I agree that Almond milk is great and that is from someone who LOVES milk and milk products!

Original Post by beluomo:

Why not use both? 

Now that's just ridiculous! Don't you know that it must be one or the other?! Tongue out

I also use both. I put almond milk in my coffee and on the random bowl of cereal that I rarely eat. If I want a glass of milk, I drink whole cow's milk. That's not something I do on a regular basis either, though.

Still, it's silly to tell people that their taste in beverage is right or wrong. It's not wrong to drink cow's milk just like it's not right to drink almond milk. Opinions are not fact.

Original Post by beluomo:

Why not use both? I use almond milk in my shakes because I get my protein from the powder I add.

But I enjoy a glass of  1% milk as a snack with my homemade cheese chips.

Cheese Chips= Using a teaspoon, place little piles of parmesan cheese on top of a foil lined pan in your toaster oven.   Bake the cheese piles at 350 degrees for a few minutes until they melt and bubble up into little round flat crackers.  Once you remove and cool them, you have little crunchy totally carb free cheese crackers that are great with soup or a glass of milk. 

Those crackers sounds deellish-Thanks for the recipe

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by beluomo:

Why not use both? 

Now that's just ridiculous! Don't you know that it must be one or the other?!

I also use both. I put almond milk in my coffee and on the random bowl of cereal that I rarely eat. If I want a glass of milk, I drink whole cow's milk. That's not something I do on a regular basis either, though.

Still, it's silly to tell people that their taste in beverage is right or wrong. It's not wrong to drink cow's milk just like it's not right to drink almond milk. Opinions are not fact.

When I add almond milk to coffee, it clumps into unpleasant looking "curds" (for lack of a better word. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?

 

Original Post by oldguysrule:

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by beluomo:

Why not use both? 

Now that's just ridiculous! Don't you know that it must be one or the other?!

I also use both. I put almond milk in my coffee and on the random bowl of cereal that I rarely eat. If I want a glass of milk, I drink whole cow's milk. That's not something I do on a regular basis either, though.

Still, it's silly to tell people that their taste in beverage is right or wrong. It's not wrong to drink cow's milk just like it's not right to drink almond milk. Opinions are not fact.

When I add almond milk to coffee, it clumps into unpleasant looking "curds" (for lack of a better word. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?

 

That's odd. Do you shake it up before pouring it in? Maybe the coffee is so hot that it's cooking the almond milk? I've never run into the issue.

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by oldguysrule:

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by beluomo:

Why not use both? 

Now that's just ridiculous! Don't you know that it must be one or the other?!

I also use both. I put almond milk in my coffee and on the random bowl of cereal that I rarely eat. If I want a glass of milk, I drink whole cow's milk. That's not something I do on a regular basis either, though.

Still, it's silly to tell people that their taste in beverage is right or wrong. It's not wrong to drink cow's milk just like it's not right to drink almond milk. Opinions are not fact.

When I add almond milk to coffee, it clumps into unpleasant looking "curds" (for lack of a better word. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?

 

That's odd. Do you shake it up before pouring it in? Maybe the coffee is so hot that it's cooking the almond milk? I've never run into the issue.

Yes, I shake it up. The same thing happened with Soy Milk. It is really gross. It doesn't happen with regular milk or half-and-half.

OGR, I found this website to be helpful regarding curdling almond milk.

Basically, it curdles because the coffee is too hot or it's very acidic. The website suggests warming your almond milk in the microwave slightly before adding coffee.

Since you are trying to cut calories, go for the lower calorie since you like it.

There are plenty of ways to get protein ... Greek yogurt, meat, beans, whey powder, eggs.  The amount in milk is negligible. 

We used to have a dairy cow.  There is nothing like fresh, raw milk. Yummmm.  I never could drink store milk after that. :(   I now use light soy milk (70 calories per cup)  in my morning protein shake.

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