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Grocery Store Lessons: Almond milk


I made an interesting discovery the other day at the grocery store. My usual brand of almond milk was unavailable so I was comparing the labels of the available brands. I noticed some interesting ingredients:

The first two are fine by me. Inulin? Unnecessary. It’s that pea fibre that’s being added to all sorts of products to claim that they have fibre (e.g. “smart” pasta) but that may not have the same benefits as other types of fibre. It doesn’t really bother me that it’s in the almond milk. It’s the canola oil that bothers me. Why add oil to almond milk? I’m no food product developer but it seems like a pointless addition of fat and calories.

The really sad news: when I looked it up, my usual almond milk also had added canola oil. Lesson learned. Always read the ingredients, not just the nutrition facts panel. I started buying this brand because it was one of the first ones I saw that was fortified. Fortunately there are now a number of fortified brands on the market. Here’s hoping that at least one of them isn’t “fortified” with oil.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

2 thoughts on “Grocery Store Lessons: Almond milk

  1. almond milk reminds me of a very fine cows milk that i drank in new zealand…

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  2. With so many more people developing allergies and sensitivities to dairy products, finding tasty and cheap alternatives to milk can be a challenge. One tasty alternative that can be used in cooking and everyday use is almond milk. But honestly, almond milk can get pricey. Instead try making your own almond milk for a quick and easy project that is fun to do with the kids.`

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