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How Many Almonds Are in a Glass of Almond Milk?

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  • An ongoing lawsuit accused one of the most prominent almond growers in the U.S. of fraud, as their almond milk may contain only 2 percent almonds, although most labels don’t report the actual amount
  • Ingredients used as thickening agents in almond milk often include not-so-healthy carrageenan, guar gum, lecithin and others to give the beverage a milk-like texture
  • If an entire half-gallon carton of almond milk, such as the plain and unsweetened variety, contains only around 30 almonds, it means an 8-ounce glass would provide only 1 gram of protein and little else, nutrition wise
  • Whole almonds are a healthier choice than almond milk; one serving of almonds is about a “handful,” equal to about one-quarter cup, providing a wide range of nutrients and antioxidants that include flavonoids and phenolic acids, not to mention protein, fiber and healthy fats

By Dr. Mercola

Thousands of people have tried one or more of the various alternative-to-cow's-milk offerings that have been proliferating on store shelves over the last several years, including rice milk, coconut milk, soy milk (which has its own issues) — even hemp and flax milks. As nut milks go, there's hazelnut and cashew milk, but arguably the most popular is almond milk.

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