We’ve all had the experience of eating something thought to be healthy only to discover that it wasn’t actually healthy? It’s a learning process for sure.
In order to avoid eating too much animal fats & proteins, hormones and pesticides like hundreds of millions of other people in the world, I switched to almond, soy and other nut milks for my “milk fix”. I enjoyed the various brands available at all the natural and organic food stores in my town. I enjoyed them, that is, until I discovered that the ingredients in them were not as “healthy” as I first thought.
Even those sold in the best “Wholistic Food Stores” and labeled as “Certified Organic”, contain synthetic vitamins and additives that needn’t be used.
I began discovering information about ingredients like Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 and others that cast doubt on just how healthy mass produced milk substitutes really are.
There have been studies done on many of these additives that cast a big doubt on whether they should be eaten at all!
A study done on the effects of carrageenan when eaten by animals. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242073/pdf/ehp0109-000983.pdf
Almost all commercial almond milks appear to contain synthetic vitamins like Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 and others. If you wish to avoid additives, the only way is to make your own nut milk.
Vitamin A Palmitate
Many ready-to-drink products are fortified with vitamins. There is some controversy surrounding vitamin A palmitate, since it is synthetically produced and it may be sourced from palm plantations that are damaging to ecosystems.
Here’s a link to a great website and an article on the harmful synthetic chemicals & additives found in mass produced almond milk. http://markitonutrition.com/warning-harmful-chemicals-in-almond-milk/
Also, and very important is the fact that all the plastic coated boxes we throw in the trash can end up in the soil and water. Check out this amazing info page: https://ecocycle.org/files/pdfs/microplastics_in_compost_presentation.pdf
Time For The Good News!
The Good News is that you can enjoy your favorite milk substitute by making it at home! It’s fast and easy and I will show you how to do it!
By the way, it tastes so good that you will NEVER want to drink store bought again!
Anybody who’s tried it agrees… Right? Homemade is so delicious!