Whatever you reason for joining the nut milk bandwagon, it probably wasn’t to ingest artificial ingredients on the daily. While the switch to nut milk is a good one ( good=not supporting factory farms), it isn’t as simple as grabbing the first almond milk you see. As with any other food, reading the ingredients is a must.
Read Your Labels
In a perfect world, nut milk can be homemade so that you can control the ingredients. Most of us don’t live in that world where we can make fresh nut milk for our morning coffee. Some of us are lucky if we have time to down it before it goes cold! If you aren’t making your own, make sure you do your research about reputable brands and ingredients.
A lot of chemicals that are common in nut milks are untested and potentially harmful. Carrageenan, for example, is used in nut milks as a thickener. It hasn’t been thoroughly tested and has been found to increase tumor growth in some cases. A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be ingesting it.
Pictured above is Malk Unsweetened Vanilla. It has only four ingredients and all the creamy goodness you dream about. We use it in coffee, tea, baking…pretty much in anything you would use conventional milk!
Deciding to stray from factory farming is great, but don’t let the branding of all nut milk distract you. You still need to double check labels to know exactly what you’re putting in your body. This applies to all foods, not just nut milk. Always double check that ingredient label before you buy! It might seem tedious at first, especially if you’re used to whizzing through the grocery store, but eventually it will become habit.