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Getting on Almond milk

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • edited 8 February at 6:08PM
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    edited 8 February at 6:08PM
    Can I ask why people are using milk alternatives? Is is because of health conditions due to being vegan or by choice?
    For people without any health conditions/not vegan is real milk really that bad?
  • MissliMissli Forumite
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    So i watch a fair few fitness videos as i have an interest in it and kept seeing people mentioning this almond milk as some 'health alternative' to 'usual' milk i guess. It made me curious.


    I like almonds. Maybe i'll like almond milk was my thought process. I'll at least give it a try and see what it's like, especially when it came on offer.


    So why on earth then would anyone choose to drink what i can only describe as liquid cardboard??? I don't know what that was but it didn't taste like any almond i've ever had.


    For those who do drink shall we say 'alternative' milks, do you really need to have the sweetened version, because this was unsweetened. I can't see how a bit of sweetness is going to save this but it was the weirdest tasting thing ever.
    I regularly buy almond milk.  Its a stupid thing, but since the first time I breastfed I couldn't face drinking cows milk, although eat other dairy products, and now have got used to the taste.  It defintely feels healthier.
    Out of the different milks, my favourite is Hazlenut milk, but its not as widely available.  Tastes so much better!
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    Can I ask why people are using milk alternatives? Is is because of health conditions due to being vegan or by choice?
    For people without any health conditions/not vegan is real milk really that bad?
    Not that I know of!

    For my Mum it was the taste; she found real milk left a weird aftertaste when she used it in porridge. For me it's partly the taste and mainly because too much of it makes my insides unhappy. My brother has found Lactofree solves his problem, so it's real milk but doctored!

    If you're happy and fine with proper milk, I personally know of no reason why you *should* change. The alternatives are all more expensive too.

    Btw almond milk is usually best used in recipes where you won't taste it, e.g. flavoured chia pudding. Even in porridge with fruit it was still grim.
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    Can I ask why people are using milk alternatives? Is is because of health conditions due to being vegan or by choice?
    For people without any health conditions/not vegan is real milk really that bad?
    I know most people will use them if they're vegan, as they believe that cow's milk is for baby cows. And they believe it has less of an environmentally impact on the earth compared to cow's milk. Some drink it because they have allergies and an intolerance to normal dairy milk. And some people can have an issue with soya, so they use almond, coconut, oat, cashew, hazelnut or hemp milk instead. 
    The best alternative milks I've tried has been oat milk and unsweetened coconut milk. 
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    Can I ask why people are using milk alternatives? Is is because of health conditions due to being vegan or by choice?
    For people without any health conditions/not vegan is real milk really that bad?
    Two reasons. Firstly the carbon footprint of the dairy industry isn’t great and secondly dairy exacerbates hay fever symptoms so I’m trying to cut down before the season arrives. Though TBH not gonna give up cheese anytime soon!

  • SocajamSocajam Forumite
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    If you make your own almond milk , you might think differently.  Remember the almond milk in the stores have chemicals in them to make them last.
    All you need is a decent blender and the recipe can be found online. 
    I make my own almond, cashew and coconut milk.  I have a Vitamix blender - yes its expensive, but it was my birthday present and nothing for me is too expensive.
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    You can make your own almond milk.  Soak 1cup of almonds overnight. Rinse. Zap them with 4 cups water. Job done. You can add a couple of date for sweetness if required. I only have a hand blender so do smaller quantities. And don't add all the liquid at the start! The leftover grounds are good for baking. I will confess that I don't use it in coffee because I drink my coffee black. But it makes a good hot choc.
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    oat milk is lovely heated, very nice, i used it with porriage and it was too much. I can't drink coffee so the oat milk is great. 

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    I like it as rice pudding.  No good for tea or coffee
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