Almond Milk Nutrition Facts
Health Benefits And Nutrition Facts Of Almond Milk-
One of the most nutritious drinks that you can enjoy today, almond milk is often used as a healthier alternative to cow’s milk and tastes just as delicious.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats. These are the same type of healthy fats that are found in olive oil, which has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Numerous studies have shown that nut consumption is linked to a lower risk for heart disease.
Sweet almonds are oval in shape, usually malleable in texture and wonderfully buttery in taste. They are available in the market either still in their shell, or with their shell removed.
Almond Milk is often made by simply soaking a few cups of almonds in water over the span of 8 to 10 hours. Once the almonds are drained from the liquid, whatever is left over has the same consistency of milk, but is much richer.
Here are just a few of the almond milk nutritional facts that you will find in each 8-ounce glass that is consumed.
- Protein and Fat
One 8 ounce glass of almond milk contains about 1g of fiber and 1g protein, about 2.5 to 3 grams of fat and only 30 -40 calories. This is the perfect beverage to serve to those suffering from a variety of heart problems as it will not only reduce the risk of heart disease, but it will also help to lower cholesterol levels.
What is more is that within a single glass of almond milk, are a tremendous amount of fatty acids, which can help to improve your overall mood, treat arthritis and help to enhance your overall memory.
- Vitamins and Minerals
Each glass of almond milk is loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Some of the compounds include significant amounts of Manganese, Vitamin E, Magnesium and even Selenium. Each of these vitamins and minerals have their own varying benefits.
For example, Magnesium has been known to help break down the food that you consume much more efficiently, and will help to convert that food into the energy your body needs.
Manganese, on the other hand can help to activate certain digestive enzymes within your body which helps you to digest food much more efficiently than you normally could on your own.
And when you consume Selenium as part of your normal diet, you will help your body fight off common infections and illnesses by boosting your immune system.
- Free Radicals
Surprisingly, almond milk is also packed full of compounds that help to fight free radicals. This makes it a perfect beverage for those looking to add a younger and healthier sheen to their skin without using potentially harmful creams and rubs.
Almond milk contains Vitamin E which has been shown to fight off anti-aging properties within the human body.
Almond milk is considered to be a much healthier alternative to cow’s milk and it is no surprise why. While it certainly tastes much better than cow’s milk, it is loaded with beneficial vitamins, minerals, proteins and fat, that are absent from cow’s milk.
Packed full of Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin E, 1 gram of fiber, 2 to 3 grams of fat and only 30-40 calories per glass, it is surprising why more people have not as yet, added it as a part of their balanced diet.
Origins Of The Almond
Related to the peach, cherry and apricot trees, almonds are actually the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers.
Almonds have been around since the earliest recorded history. They are a species of tree native to the Mediterranean region of the Middle East. Almonds were spread by humans in ancient times along the Mediterranean Sea into northern Africa and southern Europe, and are now grown throughout the region in Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco- and more recently transported to other parts of the world specifically California.
Eating bitter wild almonds can be fatal, as the kernel produces deadly cyanide. Selection of the sweet type, from the many bitter types in the wild, marked the beginning of almond domestication. How this selection was started by humans remains a mystery, and it is unclear as to which wild ancestor of the almond is the domesticated species we consume today.
While drinking raw organic cow’s milk has its health benefits, almond milk can certainly be a healthy alternative. I drink almond milk myself, and am reaping the health rewards. Now I understand why it is truly the beverage of the gods.
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