We Feed You Milk Comparison Series: Almond Milk

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And what about almond milk then? Another popular plant-based option, almond milk sounds like a healthy and nutritious alternative to dairy  – because we all know how great almonds are, right? Well, we’re sorry to be party-poopers, but this is another milk alternative that doesn’t live up to its ‘health halo’. Why? Simply because almond milk does not contain a whole lot in the way of almonds!  

Check out the ingredient label of a few popular almond milk brands and you’ll find that most are between 95-98% water, with even the most ‘wholesome’ and ‘natural’ options offering only 5-7% almonds. The result is a product that is low in protein, fat and kilojoules, but also a poor source of calcium and other micronutrients, unless it’s been fortified. In fact, to get the calcium content of one glass of regular milk, you’d need to eat about 100g of actual almonds! 

Our thoughts on almond milk? For those who can’t drink other milks, it can be a convenient coffee option at your local café or in your smoothie. But it’s not a great dairy alternative in terms of bone health or nutrition, and can contain a decent whack of added sugar, depending on the brand. If you’re an almond milk convert, we recommend putting your reading glasses on and checking your labels closely!

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