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What is the best vegan milk?
With all the dairy milk facts we’ve talked about, just by switching to a plant-based milk we feel like we’ve already done a lot for our health and the planet—but it’s not that simple! Many dairy-free milks contain sugar, fillers, and additives that you don’t even want in your body. In an ideal world, it would be best to make your own almond milks fresh, but squeezing a bag of almond milk might not be your everyday option.

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If you are planning to buy plant-based milk for your health, do it Opt for as few ingredients as possible. All you need to make plant-based milk are nuts, seeds or grains, and water. The rest of the ingredients are added for flavor, longer shelf life, texture (aka “barista edition”) or appearance of the milk (color, or to prevent separation, which is natural because water and oil separate!).

What are common additives in plant-based milk?
We want to empower you with knowledge to make informed decisions. Not that you should be a purist and cut out all additives but at least know what’s going into your drink (and body) at the end of the day.

1. Sugar
If you see it at the top of the ingredients list, even before the actual nuts or grains that should be the main ingredient, it might be best to put that product back on the shelf. Many plant-based beverages on the market contain sugar. In my opinion this is one of the most relatable ingredients and I would definitely choose an unsweetened version. The sugar in the drink goes into your bloodstream faster than in solid food, and it will taste better There is a habit of not drinking sweet drinks. If you’re going to sweeten your drinks, choose natural low-sugar sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit sweeteners so you don’t mess with your blood sugar levels.
Ingredients of Califia almond milk
2. Gums
Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum and Gellan Gum – You’ve heard of these “gums” and wondered what they actually are. These gums are a common additive used as a binding and thickening agent in many plant-based milks. Guar gum is a substance from peas and xanthan gum is made from corn. Gellan gum is made from the fermentation of sugar. They are all vegan and high in soluble fiber and are used as a binder. When you mix water and oil (nuts) the natural reaction is separation. These gums act as emulsifiers to bind water and oil together for a better look and texture for your plant-based drink. If you consume more of them, it can cause problems in your digestive system. Usually these gums are used in very small amounts – we’re talking less than a teaspoon per liter, but if plant-based milks cause you digestive issues such as bloating and mild gas, you may want to keep the size of these gums clear and see how That works for you. you Plant-based milk does not require gums to make. And they are added for commercial reasons.

3. Starch
Whether rice starch, tapioca starch or whatever, it is added as a thickener to improve the texture and consistency of plant-based milk. It is basically added carbohydrate (sugar) and has no real benefit to having it in your drink. Some manufacturers may add it for cost reasons – starches are cheaper ingredients than nuts and seeds. As long as you are not allergic to the type of starch this is not a big threat to your health but again, It is not an essential ingredient in your milk And it would be better to avoid it.

4. Carrageenan
Carrageenan is a food additive used as a stabilizing and emulsifying agent in food products such as almond milk and yogurt. It is derived from red seaweed which makes it sound healthy but scientists believe that carrageenan can induce inflammation and lead to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, digestive disorders, heart disease, neurological disorders and even cancer. again, We can live without this ingredient and if your milk is different, just give it a shake!

5. Plant-based protein
Many commercial almond milks contain very little actual almonds due to cost. To make the nutrition label look more attractive, some companies may add cheaper plant-based protein sources such as pea protein to improve the nutritional profile. It is not harmful, but only if the milk contains enough nuts Adding isolated protein would be unnecessary.
Nuts are airy elements
However, describing ‘almond milk’ as an ingredient is a little trick that many manufacturers seem to be doing now. Most of these nut milks are water but combining that with the little nuts they use makes it look like a lot of nuts are used and pushes other ingredients like fillers and sweeteners to the bottom of the list. . It would be interesting to find out the actual quantity of nuts used in the recipe.

Why are plant-based milks with fillers on the market?
Because it is sold. Consumers are paying for milk that tastes good (creamy and sweet), resembles the cow’s milk they are used to (homogeneous and does not separate), at the lowest possible price. Also, for supermarkets, having a long shelf life is essential.

Now, is this really doing a favor to our bodies and the planet?
I’ll leave the decision up to you 🙂

As with many other food items, it’s best to make your own plant-based milk fresh at home.
Here are some pretty cool recipes you might want to try!

At Foodcraft, we strive to deliver the highest quality possible.
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