unsweetened almond milk
Last Updated : Oct 20,2021


What is almond milk, badam ka doodh? glossary | benefits | uses | recipes |
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What is unsweetened almond milk, plain badam ka doodh?


Almond milk is a creamy and tasty milk substitute, which is low in calories. Made with almonds, this non-dairy product is ideal for lactose-intolerant people. It is consumed widely in the US, where around 25 per cent of the people are lactose intolerant and cannot digest the sugar in cow’s milk.

Almond milk is available in tetra packs, but can also be made at home. It is made by blending water and almonds in a blender, and is often flavoured aesthetically with a tinge of vanilla essence. It can be had plain or sweetened with honey.

How to select unsweetened almond milk, plain badam ka doodh


• Almond milk is readily available in tetra packs.
• Choose a pack size as required, and read the label before purchasing to check the expiry date and other details.
• It is better to buy almond milk that is not sweetened with sugar. You can always sweeten it at home with organic honey, if required.
• Alternatively, you can buy good quality almonds and make it at home also. Check the Homemade Almond Milk , for doing so.

Culinary Uses of unsweetened almond milk, plain badam ka doodh


• Almond milk can be enjoyed plain, or with a dash of honey.
• It can also be used to make milkshakes, puddings, smoothies, oatmeal, cookies, breads, and other products.

How to store unsweetened almond milk, plain badam ka doodh


• Homemade fresh almond milk will last for three days in the refrigerator, if stored in an airtight, clean container.
• Readymade almond milk in tetra packs will last longer. Check the pack for instructions regarding storage.

Health benefits of unsweetened almond milk, plain badam ka doodh

Readymade unsweetened almond milk is sugar free and low in calories and carbs, though it varies with different brands. Homemade almond milk will have more protein than the store bought almond milk and thus it helps to boost metabolism. 1 cup (200 ml) of readymade almond milk has approx. 50 calories and 3.4 g of protein. Readymade almond milk has less fibre as it is usually made from unskinned almonds and is often more diluted. However, almond milk does have appreciable amounts of vitamin E, which helps to nourish the skin and prevent inflammation in the body as well. Almond milk also provides some omega 3 fatty acids which are known to benefit the heart. So weight watchers, diabetics and heart patients can also include almond milk in their diet. Some brands of readymade almond milk are fortified with calcium and vitamin D too which can help in bone strengthening.  Almond milk being free of the enzyme lactase, is a good choice for people with lactose intolerance.

Glycemic Index of unsweetened almond milk, plain badam ka doodh

Almond Milk has a Glycemic Index of 25 which is low. Glycemic Index are for foods you eat, ranks carbohydrate-containing foods by how quickly they digest and raise your blood sugar or glucose levels. Foods rank from 0 to 50 are low GI, 51 to 69 are medium and 70 to 100 are high. Foods that are high in GI are not suitable for weight loss and diabetics. Foods like Almond Milk have a low GI and hence don't spike your glucose level as they are absorbed slowly. Great for weight loss and diabetics.




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