At Absolutely Fit Studio we totally understand that everyone is an individual, some many of our clients have genetic allergies, dislikes to some food, or just haven’t heard of alternative food to their regular nutrition. So we believe it is really important to understand why and what the options are.
Lets take good old fashion cow’s milk, many people are lactose intolerant, or just don’t like the taste, Almond milk is a brilliant alternative, it basically contains ground almonds and water. It’s a healthy alternative to cow’s milk, and contains more vitamins and minerals than soy and rice milks. Many of our clients who’ve tried almond milk prefer the flavour of almond milk to that of soy and rice milk.
Soy milk contains a lot of protein, but doesn’t contain the high levels of vitamins and minerals found in almond milk, so it’s often fortified with calcium and vitamin D to bring is nutritional quality more on a level with fortified cow’s milk. Rice milk doesn’t contain much nutrition at all, so it’s usually also fortified with vitamin D, calcium and other nutrients. Both rice and soy milk are good milk alternatives for those who have milk allergies or are lactose intolerant, but you should buy manufactured rice and soy milk to insure that they’re properly fortified with the vitamins and minerals you need.
Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, this is what we recommend and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.
Benefits of Almond Milk
Almond milk is great for those who are lactose intolerant, because it doesn’t contain any lactose. Almond milk also contains no soy, so it’s good for those who suffer from soy allergies. Because almond milk doesn’t contain casein, a milk protein that’s chemically similar to gluten, almond milk is appropriate for those who suffer from gluten allergies too.
Nutritional Value of Almond Milk
Almond milk is one of the most nutritious milk substitutes available. It doesn’t contain saturated fats or cholesterol, but it does contain omega-3 fatty acids, so it’s very good for your heart. Almond milk is high in protein; the typical a quarter of a litre serving of almond milk contains about one gram of protein, also contains about one gram of dietary fibre.
Almonds are rich in vitamins and minerals, so almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. Almonds contain vitamin E, manganese, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber, phosphorous and calcium. The flavonoids in almond milk help prevent cancer and slow the signs of aging. The high levels of antioxidant vitamin E found in almond milk make it very effective in the prevention of cancer.
Because almond milk is low in fat and calories, and high in many essential vitamins and minerals, it is a great milk substitute for those who would like to lose excess body fat.
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