Almond milk is most commonly used in a vegan or alkaline vegan diet or as a substitute for cow’s milk in people who are lactose intolerance or highly acidic.
Almond milk nutrition
Many almond milk products are supplemented with vitamins A, D and B-12, so they provide a significant percentage of your recommended dietary allowance for those nutrients. One cup of almond milk contains 500 IU of vitamin A, 100 IU of vitamin D and 3 micrograms of vitamin B-12, which fulfills 100 percent of your B-12 requirements and roughly 20 percent of your vitamin A and D recommendations for the day. Vitamins A and D are important for maintaining a healthy alkaline buffering system, and B-12 is an essential nutrient for critical functions in the body such as blood cell formation and DNA synthesis.
Health benefits of almond milk
Almond milk is a great choice for those who want to lose weight and are following an alkaline diet. This means that almond milk a great choice when it comes to supporting the health of the skeletal system. Almond milk contains both vitamins that provide healthier and stronger bones, including calcium and vitamin D. Almond milk is rich in phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Additionally, many commercial almond milks are supplemented with enough calcium to meet one-third of the RDA. If you choose three servings per day of almond milk over the recommended three servings per day of dairy products, you can still meet your calcium requirements of 1,000 milligrams per day for men and 1,200 milligrams per day for women, which is important for optimal bone health. Vitamins E and A from almond milk have antioxidant or anti-acid activity which can protect you from metabolic and dietary acids. Vitamin E also an anti-inflammatory created from retained acidic waste products and therefore helps to support natural immunity. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and therefore supports natural immunity and reduces metabolic and dietary acids that may affect vision and communication between body cells. Vitamin D plays important role in absorbing calcium in your bones and teeth. 100 g of almond milk contains 83.3mg of calcium which is about 8% recommended daily intake of the calcium which is most important mineral for bone health. While 100 grams of almond milk only contains 83.3 mg of phosphorus which is 2% of recommended daily intake of phosphorus. This mineral plays an important role in building bones together with vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium. According to the data on Blue Diamond Unsweetened almond milk, 100 g contains 41.7 IU of vitamin D which is about 10% of the recommended daily intake.
Almond Milk can an help with weight loss
Almond milk is a low-calorie or low carbohydrate, low acid, low sugar, high protein electron-rich energy beverage and therefore an excellent choice for supporting a weight loss program. According to a study at the University of California showed that drinking grapefruit juice before each meal, obese people lost 31/2-10lb over three months through this alone.
Almond milk will increase blood sugar levels slightly and is a better choice for diabetics than drinking a glass of high acid orange juice which will spike the blood sugars.
Almond milk is good for overall health
Almond milk contains almost all the macronutrients (proteins, oils, and carbohydrates) making it a nutrient dense alkaizing food.
Soaking your nuts
According to research, almonds contain phytates which are considered anti-nutrieint and can reduce the absorption of calcium in our body. The best way to reduce the phytic acid in almonds is soaking them in alkaline water at a pH of 9.5. The best ratio for soaking is to use is 3 : 1 or 3 part almonds to 1 part alkaline water at a pH of 9.5. If you want to get similar texture like cow’s milk then you should use 1.5 : 1 water : almonds ratio.
The pH Miracle Alkaline “Green Milk”
- To make the green juice:
- 2 large cucumbers
- 2 large ribs celery
- 2 – 3 large handfuls spinach
- Process all ingredients through your juicer (I use anOmega).
- Strain this juice for cleansing purposes and texture. Set aside.
- Makes 2 1/2 cups of strained juice.
- To make the concentrated almond milk:
- 2 cups raw soaked and rinsed almonds
- 4 cups filtered water.
- Blend ingredients in your Vitamix on high for about 1 minute until well combined.
- Strain with a nut milk bag or sheer knee high panty hose.
- Makes 2 1/2 cups strained almond milk.
- To make “Green Milk”:
- Mix equal parts green juice and almond milk and consume as desired.
- Note: This mixture will last in the fridge for 2 days. But I always make it fresh every day.
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