In response to a question someone posed about my recent blog regarding high protein breakfasts I write this post about almond milk. What the heck, let me give a shout out to that someone—Phil Higginbotham! Phil’s an old high school classmate with whom I lost touch but like many others reconnected through Facebook. Gotta love Facebook.
Phil wanted to know what the big push was with almond milk. I actually had a few sentences in the first draft of my high protein breakfast post, but took it out because the post was getting too long. None of my breakfast suggestions by the way contained almond milk. Now I can devote a whole blog as to why.
I used to drink almond milk…
Many years ago I drank almond milk because it was such a calorie bargain at 40 calories per one cup serving (8 oz) versus 80-90 cal for regular or soy milk. This was way before my love affair with dairy milk started. Quite honestly I didn’t like it all that much but used it on cereal so it masked the flavor. To tolerate the flavor I used the vanilla flavored which of course added calories, albeit not too many. (Note: this is long before the many varieties you see on shelves today.)
Then I started paying attention to the protein in my diet—especially the amount I was getting in the morning and it was absurdly low. Almond milk was not helping. At 1 gram of protein per 8 ounces, that’s pathetic. There are 8 grams for dairy milk and 6-8g for soy (depending on the brand).
I’m not bashing almond milk (I even have post how to make your own!), but if you’re drinking it thinking you’re getting a good dose of protein, think again. Look at your label. Furthermore, to make it more palatable, there are added sugars in the sweetened varieties. Yes if you compare labels you’ll see more sugar in dairy milk, however, that sugar is naturally occurring as lactose—milk sugar. Big difference between cane sugar and lactose.
Reasons to drink almond milk
If you’re getting adequate protein, are lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply like the taste, drink away! However, if avoiding dairy because someone said you shouldn’t, I ask, why? Are they qualified to speak on nutrition? What are their credentials? What makes them the nutrition expert? Did they read it in a book somewhere? Or because it’s trendy not to do dairy? Because humans are the only species that consume another’s milk? Phooey. We’re also the only species that does all sorts of things other species don’t do, like invent electricity, build highways, computers and technology beyond my wildest comprehension.
Note: I have no affiliation with the dairy industry. I simply like milk. No, I love milk! It’s one of my favorite sources of protein. And I’ll tell you a secret—I even drink it straight from the carton.
Now, Bonnie Zahn-Phillips, give me some time to answer your question about soy milk. Short answer: Yes I recommend it.