Nut milks are a great alternative to dairy if you’re lactose intolerant or switching to a more plant-based diet. Whether in your morning oatmeal or post-workout smoothie, almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and soy milk can all add creaminess, flavor, and extra nutrition to your meal.
Unfortunately, many plant milks on the shelves of your grocery store are highly processed drinks that contain many preservatives and hidden ingredients that you wouldn’t find growing in nature and aren’t great for your health.
Next time you’re shopping for nut milk, be sure to read the ingredients list and avoid products that contain these ingredients:
Carrageenan: A common food additive derived from seaweed, carrageenan is used as a thickener to improve the texture of processed foods. It’s especially common in processed soy and almond milk. Research shows that carrageenan can cause inflammation, the root of most chronic illnesses. Integrative Nutrition guest speaker Dr. Andrew Weil recommends avoiding regular consumption of any foods that contain carrageenan.