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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Is Almond Milk Really Healthy? Or is it a Rip-Off?

Black woman drinking almond milk

Plant-based milks are becoming more and more popular, and their sales have increased 40 percent just in the past year. What makes plant-based milks like almond milk so popular? And is it really good for you?

Why people are drinking almond milk

Many people drink non-dairy, or plant-based milks, because they are lactose intolerant. In other words, their bodies do not digest milk well. Fortunately, there are other types of milk that lactose intolerant people can drink, like soy milk and rice milk. But the one that has really gained in popularity is almond milk.

We know that almonds are good for us. But almond milk contains only a handful of almonds. The rest of it is water, sweetener and thickening. So, it's not a superfood. It does not contain the calcium and protein found in regular milk, but it's also not bad for you. Most people prefer almond milk over soy and rice milk because it tastes better, and it's low in calories -- only 30 per cup.

Is it a ripoff?

It depends on how you look at it. One carton of almond milk costs about $3.99. It may only contain about $.39 worth of almonds, but if consumers are buying the product as a substitute for milk because they are lactose intolerant, or have diabetes and heart disease and want to lower their consumption of animal products, $3.99 could hardly be called a ripoff, could it?

You decide!

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