SUPERFOOD – ALMOND MILK
The superfood (drink) that I researched on was almond milk. Before I researched about this, I didn’t know anything about the nutrients and I did not even know that it was a superfood. After searching up all the different amounts of each of the nutrients, I found out if I thought it was a healthy superfood or if the facts were kind of a fake.
While I was researching, I ended up going on a website from ‘AC news’. The title of that website was named “5 Unhealthy Superfoods: Almond Milk”. At first that kind of surprised me as I never knew that almond milk was unhealthy because I thought that superfoods were all very good for you. On that website, it stated that almond milk has very little amount of protein. To make sure that what the website was stating was true, I checked on the USDA website to see how much of protein was actually in almond milk. It said that there is 0.42 g in 100 ml of almond milk. Which is kind of a low amount, so I agreed for that.
The amounts of nutrients almond milk contains: It claims that there is this amount of nutrients in almond milk in 100 ml:
Energy- 25 kcal
Protein – 0.42g
Fat – 1.04g
Carbohydrate – 3.33g
Fiber – 0.4g
Sugar – 2.92g
Calcium – 188mg
I think that there is a good amount of carbohydrate and the rest of the nutrients except for the protein as I said earlier.
Comparing with another food/drink: To see the difference of the nutrients between Almond milk and something else, I will see what the nutrients are in regular cow milk. Amounts of nutrient in cow milk 100ml:
Energy- 62 kcal
Protein – 3.33g
Fat – 3.33g
Carbohydrate – 5.42g
Fiber – 0.0g
Sugar – 5.00g
Calcium – 125mg
From looking at this, I could tell the difference in these very clearly. I could see that the amount of each of these nutrients is all a bigger amount except for fibre. There is a lot more sugar in cow milk than in almond milk. The good thing is that there is more energy and contains more protein. More protein is very good for the body as it builds your body strong and healthy. Although there is, as I said, a lot more of sugar. Almost as much as the amount of Carbohydrate in the dairy milk.
When you drink almond milk, don’t think that you will instantly be super healthy. Almond milk can help you be healthy but it is also good for people who have lactose intolerance as almond milk is dairy-free.
From what I saw and thought was that I do not think that Almond milk was ‘Unhealthy’ because it included some very good nutrient. Although on that website it said that they thought that it was unhealthy, it was just about the amount of it and wanting it to be bigger.
Money Issue: A problem that might happen with almond milk is the cost. Almond milk is more expensive than regular cow milk. The cost of Almond milk has gone up and up. The reason this type of milk is more expensive than other milk is because it is a plant-based milk. Cow milk is placed as a sale item in supermarkets and Almond milk, you have to pay extra for “premium” dairy alternatives which is not in regular cow milk.
So personally, I would not really disagree of almond milk being a superfood. I saw that there was less fat and sugar and such but with that, there was less fibre and protein. The reason I thought that it was nothing very special from other food/drink was because there was nothing so big that was different from any other type of milk. So maybe to some people it could be worth the money and nutrients but maybe not to others.
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