Recently I have been getting asked a lot of questions about Almond Milk: "Should I drink it?" and "is it better than regular Cow's Milk?" The truth is that no two people are the exact same and for that reason, I will let you decide which one is better for yourself! Here are the pros and the cons:
1) Lower in calories and carbs. 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk contains a measly 40 calories and only 2g of carbohydrates. 1 cup of 1% cow's milk has up to 100 calories and 14g carbohydrates.
2) Easier on digestion. For those who suffer from lactose intolerance, almond milk is completely lactose free...because it is made from almonds!
3) Good source of Calcium and Vitamin D. An 8 ounce serving has up to 450mg of Calcium and 100 IU of D.
4) Low in fat. Almond Milk is always naturally saturated fat free which makes it superior to the high saturated fat content of regular cows milk.
4) High in antioxidants.
1) Less protein. Almond milk only has 1-2g protein per cup verses up to 10g in regular cow's milk.
2) Less overall nutrients and calcium. cow's milk has 200 more mg of Calcium per serving than almond milk and a lot more of most other nutrients including potassium and vitamin A.
3) Taste factor. Getting around the more bitter taste and different texture of almond milk is a problem for a lot of people and can be hard to get used to.
Overall for those who are trying to manage their weight and blood sugars who don't mind the taste of almond milk, it can be a great alternative to use in cereals and smoothies. On the other hand if you have no weight issues and you truly appreciate the taste of traditional cows milk instead, then there is no need to change sides. It is still recommended to avoid whole milk or full fat dairy products in large quantities so 1% or 2% milk is best.
Either way, whether you choose Almond or Cow you will be doing your body good!