With more and more people turning to organic and vegan foods, the demand for almond milk is also increasing—as a substitute for dairy milk. There are so many brands that sell almond milks, and there are mixed reviews about their taste and nutritional profile.
Don't worry. We have done the hard work for you. Below, you will find our recommendations for the best almond milks in India from top brands like Epigamia, Sofit, So Good, and more. There's more. Find out what to look for in ready-made almond milks from our buying guide and learn about the pros and cons of almond milk from our tips section that follows.
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Do you know the typical almond content in commercially available almond milks? What about the additives companies normally add to their products? Do you think they are harmful to our health? Find out answers to these questions from our buying guide below.
A 1 liter carton of ready-made almond milk contains roughly 2 - 6% almonds. The rest is water. That's right! Almonds are expensive, and companies use as little of them as possible to make almond milk affordable for the public. But you need a product that offers good value for money too.
Check the ingredients list to find out the percentage of almonds present. The whole point of checking the almond content is to understand the quantity of nutrients present in it. Alternatively, you can read the nutrition table.
But, if the almond milk is fortified, checking the nutrition table won't give you the particulars you are looking for. More on fortified almond milk in the next section.
The way companies and influencers promote almond milk makes it seem like it is packed with nutrients. This nut milk is a good source of vitamin E and calcium. You get 16.5 mg of Vitamin E and 450 mg of calcium per cup of 240 ml. But the amount of rest of the nutrients is not that impressive.
A cup of almond milk contains just 1 gram of protein. Compared to 7 - 8 grams of protein in cow or soy milk, that's way too low. Other nutrients, such as Vitamin A, B, D, phosphorus, and potassium, are also present in comparatively modest amounts (provides just 2 - 4 % of Daily Value).
Companies make up for this by adding a premix (mixture of vitamins, minerals, etc.) to the almond milk. For those who are considering almond milk as a dairy alternative, some brands add extra protein too. Most of the time, it's soy protein. But check the ingredients list anyway because companies may use lactose-free whey or casein protein also.
Not everyone likes the taste of almonds. Don't worry. Almond milk is available in a variety of flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, coffee, etc. Flavored and unflavored almond milk has almost the same amount of nutrients.
The flavoring could be natural or nature-identical. Even if it is natural, the health benefits you get are nearly zero since the percentage of the flavoring ingredient present will be too low. Almond/badam flavored raw (dairy) milk is also available in the market. So don't mistake "almond flavored" milk for real almond milk.
If you turned to almond milk as part of your "eat healthy" resolution, check the list of additives present in it. Other than almonds and water, almond milks could contain one or more of the following: sugar, sweeteners, emulsifiers (to keep fat and water from separating), stabilizers (keeps added nutrients, and almond milk from separating), and preservatives.
Nowadays, people don't need to be educated about the adverse effects of sugar. It's best to stay away from sugar-laden almond milks if you are watching your weight. Unsweetened store-bought almond milks are low in calories, containing an average of just 70 kcal per serving of 200ml.
Almond milks are also sweetened with calorie-free sweeteners. But the drawback is, you won't be in control of how much sweetness you want. Emulsifiers, stabilizers, and preservatives are only present in permitted amounts, so don't worry about side effects. But check the ingredients list if you are known to be allergic to any.
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With 4% Almonds, Unsweetened, and Preservative-Free
30-Second Almond Milk
Make Almond Milk Anywhere As It Comes in Sachets
Almond Milk Cacao
Good Source of Calcium and Iron
Packed With Nutrients Like Vitamins, Fiber, Protein, and more
Plant-Based Almond Beverage
Just 32 Kcal per Serving For Those Who Prefer Fewer Calories
Assorted Pack of Almond Milk Drinks
Keeps Almond Milk Exciting for You As It Contains Turmeric, Cocoa, and More Stuff
Almond & Coconut Beverage
Comes With Coconut And Tastes Great With Cereals
Provides 30% Of Your Daily Calcium Requirement
Condensed Almond Milk
80% Almonds, 20% Organic Jaggery
Contains 3.9 Grams of MUFA and PUFA
If you are looking for preservative-free almond milk, we recommend Epigamia unsweetened almond milk. It contains 4% almonds and a few added nutrients. You get 120 mcg of Vitamin A (Daily Value = 900 mcg), 3.5 mcg of Vitamin D (Daily Value = 15 mcg), and 225 mg of calcium (Daily Value = 1300mg).
Be aware that this almond milk contains lecithin (used as an emulsifier to keep water and fat together) and gellan gum (which keeps added nutrients from separating from the almond milk). They are not known to cause any health issues, but people who are allergic to such additives might want to stay away.
Jus' Amazin has just made carrying almond milk with you easier. "30 Second Almond Milk" comes in sachets in paste form. It doesn't matter whether you are at the gym, office, or traveling. Just empty the almond paste into a bottle, add water, shake it, and voila, delicious almond milk in your hand.
The ingredients list shows that the almond paste is 100% almonds and nothing else. That's actually pretty impressive. There is no added protein, but every sachet (one serving) provides 6 grams of protein. Customer reviews show that this product is great for making milkshakes.
Craving chocolate? Go for Raw Pressery Almond Milk Cacao. The almond and chocolate content is 5% and 3.1% respectively. You get 216 mg of calcium (36% RDA) and 5.29 mg of iron (31.13% RDA) per serving of 250 ml. Also, compared to our first two recommendations, this almond milk has more protein content (5 grams per serving).
What we didn't like about this product is that a single serving contains 13.65 grams of sugar. Keep in mind that this almond also contains emulsifier (lecithin), acidity regulator (tricalcium phosphate, potassium citrate), stabilizer (locust bean gum, calcium carbonate, gellan gum), and sweetener (stevia).
You only have to worry if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. But a good quality almond milk will not contain any of these ingredients except the preservatives.
Compared to all our other recommendations, Sofit almond milk has the most nutrient content. It is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins (A, B, C, and E), and minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium). The high fiber content (4 grams per serving) comes from the added oligofructose.
Those who are allergic to soy may want to stay away from this product as it contains soy protein isolate, which is added to increase the protein content of this almond milk. Sofit almond milk is available in chocolate flavor too, but the sugar content is ridiculously high (20 grams per serving).
So Good Plant-Based Almond Beverage is packed with added nutrients. It has Vitamin, A, B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12), C, D, and calcium. But it contains only 3% almonds. This almond drink has an even lesser amount of calories (just 32 kcal per serving of 200 ml) than our first recommendation.
You can buy chocolate and vanilla flavored ones too. But they contain more than 12 grams of sugar per serving. Other additives in this almond milk are baking soda (acidity regulator) and emulsifiers (lecithin and gellan gum). So Good almond milk is free from preservatives.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. Every almond milk drink in this assorted pack of three (golden power, cocoa power, and cinnamon power) tastes different and provides unique health benefits. Golden power has turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
This drink is sweetened using stevia, while cocoa power and cinnamon power are sweetened using dates. Keep in mind that cinnamon power contains coconut sugar, which is similar to cane sugar in terms of calories and nutrients.
What we don't like about this product is that the ingredients list doesn't mention the almond content. But this almond milk is definitely a healthy substitute for soda drinks at your backyard party.
You remember our fifth recommendation, right? It was So Good unsweetened almond milk. This one contains coconut, too, in addition to almond milk. While the former had 3% almonds, So Good Almond & Coconut milk only has 2.3% almonds. A single serving contains 34 kcal, which is on the low side.
The vitamin premix added to this almond milk provides significant amounts of essentials. But the protein content is extremely low, supplying you with just 1.2 grams per serving. The coconut cream present in this almond milk gives it a distinct flavor, making your breakfast cereal or cornflakes delicious.
Silk almond milk is popular in many countries. From what we could learn from the customer reviews, it's because of its smoothness and unique flavor. But how healthy is it? You get 450 mg of calcium (30% of RDA) and 3.8 mg of vitamin E (25% of RDA), and the 60 kcal per serving is reasonable.
Vitamins A, D, and E are also part of the ingredients. But the good news ends there. You get only 1 gram of protein per serving of 240 ml. This almond drink also contains 7 grams of added sugar. The benefit of buying this particular product is that it is specially packaged for storing without refrigeration.
For the record, condensed milk is supposed to contain sugar, and jaggery is still sugar! But if you want something healthier for making desserts, we recommend Jus' Amazin Condensed Almond Milk. Condensed cow's milk typically contains 7 - 8 grams of protein per 100 grams.
This one right here contains a whopping 22.4 grams. Of course, the sugar content is extremely high too (25.1g/100g). Jus Amazin' condensed almond milk is free from preservatives, hydrogenated fat, and trans fat. Use it for making halwa, ice cream, milkshakes, and more at home.
137 degree almond drink is best for people who want low-calorie almond milk. A single serving of 180 ml contains 60 kcal. But it's not as low as So Good almond milks. There are 3.9 grams of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) per serving.
The health benefits of these fatty acids include reduced risk of heart disease, improved insulin sensitivity, better brain function, and improved fetal development. While the vitamin and mineral content looks all right, the low protein content (2g/180 ml) is certainly a drawback.
Considering almond milk as a replacement for dairy milk? Leslie Beck, a registered dietician, is here with some valuable tips to educate you. Watch the video to learn about the benefits and downsides of opting for almond milk. Leslie covers some important topics like:
You can consume almonds in many ways like almond milk, raw almond, or you can apply almond oil on hair as well. All our buying guides are detailed, so check the links to inform yourself in other almond related products.
Here is everything in a nutshell. The first thing to check while buying almond milk from the store is the percentage of almonds present in it. Almond milk is a good source of Vitamin E. But that's it. The rest of the nutritional profile is not that impressive.
But don't worry. Almond milks with added nutrients are easily available. Don't forget to check the rest of the additives to confirm that you are not allergic to any. Normally, the additives are preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and acidity regulators.
Author - Arun F Xaviour
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