What do you need to know about cashew milk?
Strolling through the dairy box in today’s supermarket, you will find that it is no longer just dairy. The cashew milk portion is now packed with a range of non-dairy milk – including soy, rice, coconut, hemp and all the many nut varieties. Have you ever thought about how these nuts compare? Let’s see.
Benefits: For vegans and about 65% of people with some form of lactose intolerance, they are a good choice. Another benefit is that they are cholesterol and saturated fat.
Not very good: people who are allergic to tree nuts should be careful. Nut milk also contains very little protein – far less than milk. Some varieties also contain large amounts of sugar, salt and thickeners.
How to make: The nuts are first shelled, often baked slightly, soaked in filtered water, ground into a paste, and then mixed with water. “Milk” is a liquid that is extruded from nut solids or pulp. Some manufacturers then add thickeners or chewing gum, sugar, salt and flavorings. Most calories, fat, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals are left in the flesh.
About cashew milk: There are ups and downs. When you see the whole cashew and cashew milk, this is a rough comparison, but here is the rundown: in the upper part, a cup of unsweetened cashew milk is only 25 calories (!!), 2 grams of fat and 0 grams of fat (haha – Approximately 615) less than a cup of full cashew nuts). On the downside, when the pulp is squeezed out of the milk, you lose almost all the fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals from the whole nut. A cup of milk contains 0 grams of fiber, only <1 gram of protein, if you choose the original variety, you can also add 7 grams of sugar 160 mg salt.
Other cashew milk bonuses:
Unlike milk, cashew milk does not have naturally occurring sugar, so it does not feed blood sugar into the spikes.
A cup contains 50% of the daily vitamin E requirement (even more than almond milk), which is good for the skin and helps prevent sun damage.
Most of us get enough protein a day, so the milk is only about 1 gram per cup, which is not what most of us should worry about. If your diet does require an increase in protein, you have plenty of room to add, because 1 cup of unsweetened person has only 25 calories!
How does it taste? We like it! Cream and rich nuts are more subtle than almond milk… our staff thinks this flavor is perfect in smoothies, or breakfast whole wheat such as wheat, muesli, oatmeal or quinoa Cute additions.
How to buy: “Original” varieties usually add some sugar to the nut milk, while vanilla-flavored cashew milk contains up to 12 grams of sugar per cup – this is 1 tbsp, guys! If you are looking for a sugar-free addition option, choose an unsweetened variety.
Cashew milk is a lactose-free vegan milk substitute. Just be sure to read the label and know that you have to invest the money… if you want to add sugar, that’s fine. If not, please choose not to add sugar. And make sure to add some protein to the plate to help complete the meal.