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New in Health Trends: Nut Milks

March 7, 2016

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One of the biggest health trends for 2016 is nut milk. Replacing dairy with nut milk is a step to a healthier diet. What is nut milk and why should you drink it?When nuts are soaked, "the fats stay behind in a watery suspension known as nut milk." Nut milk can be bought at grocery stores and health food stores or made in your own kitchen. It can be a refreshing beverage, used in cooking, or made into cheese, yogurt, or ice cream. 

Nut milk is a good option for vegans or people with lactose-intolerance. Some people just like the taste! And many people are interested in the health benefits of nut milks.

Almond milk, the most popular nut milk, is no fad. It's been used as a milk substitute since the Middle Ages.  It's full of antioxidants and, it's cholesterol-free. It's also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which improve cognitive abilities and lower cholesterol. It has loads of vitamins and minerals, including copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Almond milk has only 40 calories per serving.

But almond milk is far from the only kind of nut milk. "Almost any kind of nut or seed can be “milked.” What sort of nuts do you prefer? You can make your own nut milk at home with cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and more. Making your own non-dairy milk isn't just fun, it's a great way to control the texture and flavour. Add vanilla or cinnamon for a touch of flavour. Strain homemade nut milk for smoothies or drinking it plain; leave it unstrained for muesli or to mix in a pudding. "Try almond milk in rice puddings and cocoa, pecan milk over fruit desserts, and cashew milk in pilafs and curries."

People with allergies to tree nuts should avoid nut milks, but may enjoy seed milks. Consult your with your doctor.

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