Side Effects of Drinking Almond Milk

By Mallory Ferland

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Almond milk is good for you, as well as a healthy choice for people who cannot intake dairy or soy products. For those people, almond milk is like a savior, providing them with a healthy alternative to traditional milk sources, as well as providing much needed nutrients from a variety of sources. Almond milk also does not contain any cholesterol, and contains protein, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium, and carbohydrates. However, there may also be high levels of sugar as well as the possibility that it could cause harm to your thyroid. Other foods that could cause similar harm to the thyroid gland are soy, cabbage, kale, flax, broccoli, and as we are already mentioning, almonds. The intake of these types of foods when a large amount is consumed, may cause goiters to form due to the chemicals found in these types of foods, which could block your iodine intake. They are still vital, and necessary foods to your body, and can only cause your thyroid harm if eaten in large quantities. However, for those individuals who may have low throid functioning, almond milk, as well as other types of foods containing these chemicals should be avoided. For people who have healthy thryoid functioning, consuming an average amount of almond milk or other foods such as broccoli, soy, flax, cabbage or kale, will not have any negative impact on the health of their thyroid gland.

Babies should not be given almond milk or soy milk as a replacement for either breast milk or infant formula, as this will cause malnutrition in the infant, and could be the result of health problems in the child for their entire life. Not even occasional feedings of almond milk, should be given to a baby, even if it is given with regular feedings of breast milk and/or infant formula. This is due to the levels of these types of negative chemicals which could negatively impact on the thyroid gland could do more harm to a baby, since their bodies are so much smaller than grown adult bodies, and therefore, could do them much more harm. With that being said, under no circumstances, should any baby be fed almond milk as a replacement for breast milk or infant formula, as well as not even as an occasional treat.

Also, another disadvantage to drinking almond milk is that it contains much more sugar than regular dairy milk. However, it does not contain any sugar naturally, but is added during manufacturing in order to improve the taste. Most almond milks being sold on the market, may contain as much as 20 grams of sugar per serving. However, there are also unsweetened brands of almond milk, which do not contain any sugar content, and only contain as little as 1 gram of carbohydrate per serving.

References:

The Iodine Group

Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Mary Dan Edes, M.D.

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