Almond milk

I don't know about you, but I always see in health & fitness magazines, online, on the TV, in the news - 'healthy replacements' for common foods/drinks. One that has become really popular is almond milk - which has been classed as a 'healthy' alternative to regular milk (even though regular milk isn't unhealthy....). But, is it good or bad?

Almond milk has many benefits and has been utilised by those who are health conscious, as well as those who want to build muscle mass. Here are some of the benefits:

- It contains less than 50% of the calories in regular milk (around 60kcal per cup, regular milk has between 100-140 calories per cup) - which is great if you are on a calorie controlled/fat reduction diet.

- There is zero percent saturated fat and no cholesterol in almond milk. It is high in healthy fats and low in sodium.

- While almond milk has a lot less protein than regular milk, it is very beneficial to those wanting to build muscle, as it is packed with B vitamins which are important for muscle growth.

- You don't actually have to put almond milk in the fridge. You can store it in a cupboard and is fine to take to work with you and leave it on your desk. Some people will still want to put it in the fridge, either out of habit or because they don't believe you can store it outside of the fridge. I personally put my almond milk (yes I drink it!) in the fridge as I prefer it cold.

- No lactose!! If you are lactose intolerant, then this is a super swap for you!

- Almond milk is low in carbs, and the carbs it does contain are low GI - meaning they won't shoot your blood sugar levels up - helping weight loss!

As you can see above, almond milk is very healthy and beneficial to people who are health conscious, weight conscious and those wanting to build muscle. Give it a try!

Lee Gregory Fitness


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