Are There Any Almonds in Your Almond Milk?

Have you ever wondered how many almonds are in your almond milk? I compared four brands to find the number of almonds used. The results are astonishing. This won’t be my most popular post. There are only 9 to 14 almonds in 2 cups of commercial almond milk. A profitable business model indeed! I thought you might enjoy the detailed comparison below.

  1. My homemade almond milk contains 1/2 cup almonds – 75 almonds
  2. Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk – 14 almonds
  3. Silk Almond Milk Original Unsweetened – 9 almonds
  4. Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk –  10 almonds
  5. Pacific Organic Almond Bev. Original Unsweetened – 9 almonds

The graph below shows a complete breakdown of nutrition facts of the various almond milks.

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Almonds, a Nutritional Powerhouse
Almonds are loaded with beneficial nutrients, rich in complete protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and oh such a wonderful flavor! However as much as we love non-dairy milks, it appears that the almond-milk industry is selling us a carton of filtered water whizzed up with a couple of almonds, and pleasantly thickened with a myriad of other ingredients to make it more “dairy-like”. I compared unsweetened and unflavored varieties only, so these are presumably the “purest” nut milks available.

The Bad News:
Even though almonds are extremely high in nutrients, it seems we’re getting precious few of them in commercial almond milks. Let’s take a look at the additives that make our empty milk so smooth, thick and appealing. What ingredients are in 2 cups of almond milk that cause us to love it so much?

  1. My homemade almond milk recipe uses 1/2 cup or 75 almonds and 2 cups filtered water. It is smooth, rich, and fantastic! It takes me about 5 minutes to make, a lot quicker and cheaper than going to the store. Since homemade milk is filled with almond goodness, proteins, and healthy fats, I don’t have to pump it full of thickeners, starches, gums, flavorings, lecithin, and synthetic vitamins. It’s just plain yummy! (Of course I could also make it with 1/4 cup almonds. Or just 9 almonds like some brands.)
  2. Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk – 14 almonds
    INGREDIENTS: Almond Milk (filtered water, almonds), calcium carbonate, sea salt, possatium citrate, sunflower lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 and D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).
  3. Silk Almond Milk Original Unsweetened – 9 almonds
    INGREDIENTS: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2.
  4. Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk –  10 almonds
    INGREDIENTS: Almond milk (Water, Almonds). Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Vitamin/ Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Zinc), Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum
  5. Pacific Organic Almond Bev. Original Unsweetened – 9 almonds
    INGREDIENTS: Almond Base (Water, Almonds), Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Vanilla, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2.

These numbers clearly indicate there’s a problem. It should come as no surprise that Blue Diamond and Almond Breeze are fighting a class action lawsuit in New York claiming false advertising, since their “almond milk” contains only 2% almonds. A better name for these commercial brands might be “Almond flavored water”. My analysis here is based on the accepted nutrients in almonds and the reported nutrition labels. There are plenty of other ways to count, and mine is an estimate at best. Undisclosed ingredients (anything less than 0.5 grams per serving) are not included in the study because we don’t know what they are.

So next time you’re in the grocery store passing the alternative milk shelves – just have a little chuckle and move on. To make the most nutritious homemade Almond Milk, all you need is any blender or a food processor and two minutes. Click here for the easy recipe: My Nut Milk Experiment – Which is Best?  If you like flavored nut milks, Ooooh! Don’t miss my post Spike Your Nut Milks! – with superfoods of course!

Thanks for listening. Enjoy your food. And best wishes for your delicious health!

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