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Words and phrases like “healthy” and “better for you” are thrown around so often these days that it’s difficult to know if you’re doing anything right. For instance, when it comes to dairy, everyone assumes that alternatives to whole milk, like almond milk and soy milk, are healthier -- but there’s more to that story.
Of all the milk options out there, registered dietitian Keri Glassman stocks her refrigerator with whole milk and almond milk. So, yes, almond milk is a good choice -- but plain old cow’s milk isn’t necessarily the enemy (unless you’re intolerant or allergic, of course).
- If you’re looking to cut calories, almond milk does have the upper hand, as it comes in at 60 calories per cup (compared to whole milk’s 100 calories).
- Almond milk also tends to have more calcium than dairy milk, while milk in its purest form wins in the protein department.
It all depends on what your body needs.
Now, here come two major catches, almond milk lovers:
1. You’re only doing yourself a favor by choosing almond milk if it’s unsweetened. Sweetened versions tend to have between 10 and 20 grams of sugar and DOUBLE the calories of unsweetened versions.
2. Check the ingredients list for a seaweed-derived additive called carrageenan. According to Glassman, it’s been linked to gastrointestinal problems in some cases.
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