Properties of Almond Milk
Since ancient times, people have appreciated almond milk. It is sweet, tasty and healthy, perfect for people who for some reason cannot drink milk of animal origin. About the composition of the drink, its benefits and harms - this article.
The composition and content of calcium
Ground almonds and warm water are the main components, therefore the composition of the drink is similar to the composition of almonds.
Almond milk contains vitamins — A, E, groups B, C; micro and macro elements:
After drinking a glass, you can get almost half the daily calcium intake. The daily norm of calcium is 1 gram. This amount is enough to make the bones strong and the teeth beautiful.
Calorie almond milk per 100 ml
The calorie content of this home-made drink is only 51 calories per 100 ml of product. At the same time, the product purchased in the store has about 20 calories per 100 ml. So everyone can choose what suits him best.
The benefits and harms of almond milk
The biggest plus is that the drink can retain all the beneficial properties for a long time. And he brings a lot of benefits.
- helps to manage weight;
- good for the heart;
- strengthens bones and teeth;
- gives the skin a radiant, healthy appearance;
- strengthens the muscles;
- promotes digestion;
- lactose free;
- preserves eye health.
But like everyone else, a product of this kind brings not only benefits, but also harm. For an adult, it can almost completely replace regular milk. But for small children, especially infants, it will do harm. This is because the child needs vitamin C, and this drink is not enough.
Did you know? Medicine knows the case when a baby was prescribed a mixture based on almond milk, and he developed scurvy.
Reasons to drink almond milk - beneficial properties
There are many reasons to introduce this drink into your daily diet:
- this is useful. Our body is better at absorbing all vitamins and minerals from such milk than from natural milk;
- it is harmless. Due to the smaller amount of fats and carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the body, the drink is especially popular among women who are watching their figure;
- it's delicious. Almost everyone likes the taste.
Hair products with almond oil are very popular today. The thing is that they restore dry and brittle hair. Vitamin E is responsible for this. But the oil is also useful for healthy hair. The prophylactic use of the product with its content will protect the hair from the harmful properties of the sun, hair dryer, and ironing.
Did you know? Head massage in combination with almond oil improves hair growth.
For weight loss
One glass of this drink holds only 60 calories. Compared to cow's milk, which holds 145 calories per glass, almond milk is almost ideal for weight loss and maintaining normal weight. This is especially true for women who, even during the diet, do not deny themselves something tasty.
It was said earlier that a product of this kind is harmful to young children.. It is also contraindicated in people with impaired heart rhythm and with impaired functioning of the nervous system. In addition, individual intolerance to the product may also be observed.
Making almond milk at home
To make this healthy drink at home, you need to choose only fresh nuts. They have a light nut flavor and a sweet aftertaste.
Important! Eating Bitter Almonds — risky occupation. In the human body, one of its components turns into potassium cyanide.
To prepare this useful product you will need:
- 250 g of nuts;
- 750 ml of water.
The recipe is very simple. You just need to follow the instructions:
- Soak the almonds, usually overnight. If you can’t do this, then at least 4 hours.
- Drain the water. If you want to get a white drink, then it is better to peel the nuts, dousing them with boiling water. You can grind them in the peel too, then the drink will acquire a beige hue.
- Add water and beat in a blender until smooth.
- Strain milk through cheesecloth. And keep in a refrigerator in a glass jar.
The drink can be stored no more than 5 days.
Video: making almond milk
If the drink was bought in a store, then leave it in the package, but do not forget to close the box after each use. Keep a home-made drink in a glass jar or jug with a lid. In both cases, the product is stored on the middle shelves of the refrigerator, where the temperature remains constantly cool.
You can also use this drink by adding it to a variety of dishes. There are many recipes: milkshakes, smoothies, pancakes, cakes, bars, puddings and many others.
One of the most popular dishes is vegan pancakes.
For them you will need:
- 150 g whole grain flour;
- 250 ml of almond milk;
- 2 tbsp. tablespoons of flax flour;
- 1 tbsp. spoon of cane sugar;
- a pinch of salt;
- 1/2 tablespoon of soda.
Mix 2 tbsp. tablespoons of flax flour with almond milk. Add soda, sugar and salt. Then leave for a couple of minutes. Gradually add whole grain flour, stirring constantly. After baking pancakes in a pan.
Almond milk reviews
This drink has a lot of reviews. It is, of course, the most popular among vegetarians. They are the biggest connoisseurs of this type of milk. A lot of reviews from young girls who like to treat themselves to sweets, while not harming the figure.
Although they often note that this product is not the cheapest. Pregnant and elderly people are also very flattering about him. It helps maintain normal calcium levels.
What does almond milk taste like
The taste of the drink is suitable for almost everyone. It resembles protein drinks. His taste is neutral. This has its own advantage. After all, you can add to it your favorite fruits, berries or other additives. Milk goes well and only emphasizes the flavor of additives.
How much almond milk is stored
A drink purchased at a store has an expiration date printed on the package. But almond milk can remain safe for several days after the final date of use. But the home-made product has a shorter shelf life of 5 days.
Important! Be careful when shopping at the store: some manufacturers add carrageenan or carrageenan, which is harmful to the stomach and can trigger oncology.
Almond milk is included in our diet and occupies a very important place in it. Its use is diverse. There are many recipes for using it in cooking, medicine, cosmetology. But, like everything else, it has contraindications, and you need to consider them when applying.