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is Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened OK for the 30 days?

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Created September 23, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Hello again

I just finished the book Paleo Solution and my family will go 30 days paleo for october.

I have just one question, you can answer just one word, YES or NO is Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened OK for the 30 days?

Here are the ingredients: Purified water, almonds, tapioca starch, natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors, calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan and soy lecithin. For the 30 days, YES or NO ? Thanks

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on December 29, 2010
at 02:51 PM

i too dont call it Paleo. I just say something that i heard straight from Jack Lalene's mouth way back (before gyms and all): "If man made it, don't eat it."

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 26, 2010
at 10:09 PM

I hope it's in the fridge... I think mine lasts a few days. I bet that if you strain out the meal really well it may last longer than the 2 days.

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

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on September 26, 2010
at 08:34 PM

Thanks Diane for the details..one last question, how long does it last, mine turned (smelled) after 48 hours. I was wondering about the quality / freshness of my almonds?

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on September 26, 2010
at 08:32 PM

Man, it's all in the fineprint. I did see an organic almond milk...but have yet to read it's fineprint!

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on September 25, 2010
at 12:25 AM

The hubby came home with a carton from the grocery store. He was ostracized. I doubt he'll buy it again. ;-)

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 25, 2010
at 12:09 AM

They have the brown but some of that rinses away after soaking them overnight. You want to use filtered water and rinse them a bit after they've soaked. The water will be a bit cloudy and brown when it pours off after the soak.

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on September 23, 2010
at 08:41 PM

Carrageenan is a known carcinogen.

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

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on September 23, 2010
at 08:38 PM

Thanks Diane, This is great! One small question, are your almonds with the brown layer, or are they all white (sorry don't know the correct wording) Thanks

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

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on September 23, 2010
at 09:03 AM

Doh....Dang just didn't see it as processed food...LOL quite desilusional of me... I got rid of soymilk, but instead......OK so this one is going to be back to the drawing board... or just everyone just get used to the coconut milk! DANG!!! (and Eva, yes same thing for me Double Dang, grains are processed foods!)

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

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on September 23, 2010
at 09:00 AM

Thanks Eva, figured Natural Flavors was way to much of a blank check for these folks!!! Dang!!!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 23, 2010
at 03:13 AM

Yeah, Jae, that is the best way to intro it. Good point about the grains being processed foods. I have been saying I don't eat processed foods and grains, but duh, of course that is redundant, now that you mention it.

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:31 AM

Exactly. I don't even call it Paleo any more. I just say I don't eat processed foods. The hard part is just convincing people that grains = processed foods.

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:29 AM

Yes please put the link. I've just subscribe to your newsletter, Thank you Diane!!!

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 23, 2010
at 02:24 AM

I like this "Paleo is not a religion, and there are no rules." I don't even like calling what I do a "Paleo diet" but it helps people understand it. We share the same perspective :)

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:09 AM

Diane! Feel free to copy and paste the recipe into your answer! :)

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4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 23, 2010
at 02:07 AM

As a nutritionist, when someone asks me if a processed food is "okay," I ask them the question right back. Do you think it's okay?

Personally, I vote for homemade or none at all. You have NO way of knowing what "other natural flavors" means. As Robb Wolf says... "plutonium is natural, that doesn't make it okay to eat..."

I have a recipe for almond milk on my blog, but I don't know if I'm allowed to link to it- I got suspended for linking before.


Oh, I haven't posted the recipe to the blog yet- I guess it's still in draft mode! Here it is:

1 c raw organic almonds + filtered water to soak them in (will yield roughly 2c when soaked)
2-3 c filtered water (depending on how thick you like it- start with less, add more if desired)

optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, cinnamon to taste to flavor and either 1 pitted date, 2 tsp of organic grade B maple syrup or a pinch of green stevia powder to sweeten

FIRST: SOAK almonds in filtered water in a glass or ceramic container overnight (at least 8 hours).

STEP 1: Rinse the almonds and place into a blender. Cover with 2c (or more if you like) of filtered water. BLEND until the almond particles become very, very small.

STEP 2: Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag, squeezing out every last drop possible. The resulting liquid is plain almond milk. It's important to strain the mixture BEFORE adding flavorings or sweetener so that the pulp remains unflavored in the event you want to make a savory dish with it.

STEP 3: Set the pulp aside and put the liquid back into the blender if you want to flavor/sweeten it. Add vanilla extract, etc. as desired and re-blend in a rinsed out blender to add flavor or a touch of sweetness.

STEP 4: Take the pulp (almond flour/meal) and spread it on a baking sheet on the lowest setting in your oven for a few hours (until moisture is gone) to make your own almond meal for baking or "breading" of meats or veggies. If it's too chunky once it's dried out, grind it up in a food processor before storing.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on September 23, 2010
at 02:09 AM

Diane! Feel free to copy and paste the recipe into your answer! :)

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

(95)

on September 23, 2010
at 02:29 AM

Yes please put the link. I've just subscribe to your newsletter, Thank you Diane!!!

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 25, 2010
at 12:09 AM

They have the brown but some of that rinses away after soaking them overnight. You want to use filtered water and rinse them a bit after they've soaked. The water will be a bit cloudy and brown when it pours off after the soak.

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

(95)

on September 23, 2010
at 08:38 PM

Thanks Diane, This is great! One small question, are your almonds with the brown layer, or are they all white (sorry don't know the correct wording) Thanks

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

(95)

on September 26, 2010
at 08:34 PM

Thanks Diane for the details..one last question, how long does it last, mine turned (smelled) after 48 hours. I was wondering about the quality / freshness of my almonds?

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 26, 2010
at 10:09 PM

I hope it's in the fridge... I think mine lasts a few days. I bet that if you strain out the meal really well it may last longer than the 2 days.

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77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:18 AM

Does it have ingredients that you would normally buy and put into your food? If not, there's your answer. Can't remember the last time I bought or cooked with soy lecithin, myself....

In general, when someone asks "is X ok for my 30-day Paleo challenge?" the answer is

  1. No
  2. It doesn't matter -- do what you need to do to make it through the challenge

Also in general, when someone asks "is X ok to eat?" my answer is: Stop asking whether X is ok to eat, and start asking yourself whether it is healthy. And if it's not optimally healthy, then ask yourself whether it's worth it. And if it's worth it, ask yourself how often and how much you are willing to damage your health for the pleasure of this thing you are about to eat.

Paleo is not a religion, and there are no rules.

Personally, I think an occasional sleepless night spent with old friends, or some squares of dark chocolate, are worth whatever small amount of damage I may inflict on myself. Others may think beer is worth it. You may decide you just can't live without this beverage, whatever it is. That's fine.

But it's not "approved" because the Robb Wolf or the Paleo Gods or some PaleoHackers say it's ok. It's ok because either it is healthy or it is worth it.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 23, 2010
at 03:13 AM

Yeah, Jae, that is the best way to intro it. Good point about the grains being processed foods. I have been saying I don't eat processed foods and grains, but duh, of course that is redundant, now that you mention it.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

(6157)

on September 23, 2010
at 02:31 AM

Exactly. I don't even call it Paleo any more. I just say I don't eat processed foods. The hard part is just convincing people that grains = processed foods.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 23, 2010
at 02:24 AM

I like this "Paleo is not a religion, and there are no rules." I don't even like calling what I do a "Paleo diet" but it helps people understand it. We share the same perspective :)

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

(95)

on September 23, 2010
at 09:03 AM

Doh....Dang just didn't see it as processed food...LOL quite desilusional of me... I got rid of soymilk, but instead......OK so this one is going to be back to the drawing board... or just everyone just get used to the coconut milk! DANG!!! (and Eva, yes same thing for me Double Dang, grains are processed foods!)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 29, 2010
at 02:51 PM

i too dont call it Paleo. I just say something that i heard straight from Jack Lalene's mouth way back (before gyms and all): "If man made it, don't eat it."

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on December 29, 2010
at 11:21 AM

Carrageenan can cause or aggravate a leaky gut.

1
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on May 24, 2011
at 02:24 PM

I and a celiac friend did drink Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or original) during the 30-day elimination of grains/legumes.

If you don't have any allergies to almonds you could use it since it is soy-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free.

The newer version of this brand has calcium carbonate, tapioca starch, natural vanilla flavor, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, and D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).

I can think of a lot worse items that people eat. However when we do drink this almond milk it's no more than 1 cup a day, and I wouldn't do more than that.

My severe celiac friend (even cross-contamination) had remission of all symptoms on Paleo, and was able to reintroduce dairy (grass-fed but not raw) after 30 days with no symptoms. My celiac friend also showed me testing results that showed no casein sensitivity.

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on December 29, 2010
at 03:49 PM

I think we are back on the matter of over-processing here.

Irish Moss is the seaweed source of Carrageenan. Irish moss would be good for us, but carrageenan is what goes into processed food as a thickener. Pleas see the Before and After highlighted below in the chemical components section.

http://www.home-remedies.info/herbal-medicines/irish-moss.htm

Source

The name Irish moss usually refers to a seaweed, Chondrus crispus, or is applied to a mixture of C. crispus and Mastocarpus stellatus. It can be collected at low tide on the rocky Atlantic coastlines of northwestern Europe and Canada. Carrageenan, a seaweed gum, is processed from C. crisp us to commercial status through several procedures that can involve cleaning, extraction with sodium hydroxide, filtration and drum rolling, or precipitation with alcohol. Carrageenan gels rapidly degrade in an acidic environment (like the Human Stomach) or when exposed to heat (The Cooking). Degraded carrageenans lack the "gelling" or viscous properties.

Chemical components

Irish moss contains a large percentage of mucilage, carrageenan, iodine, bromine, iron, and vitamins A and B. Carrageenan is a variable mixture of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and ammonium sulfate esters of galactose and 3-6 anhydrogalactose copolymers. The major types of hydrocolloid copolymers are kappacarrageenan, iotacarrageenan, and lambda carrageenan. Carrageenan readily dissolves in water to form various types of gels with a wide range of characteristics, depending on the type of algae used, the manufacturing process, and the desired function. Actions

Irish moss is reported to have demulcent and emollient properties. Carrageenan extracted from the seaweed is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an emulsifying, suspending, and gelling agent. The gelling fractions are kappacarrageenan and iotacarrageenan; lambdacarrageenan does not gel. These hydrocolloid properties also make this plant useful to the food industry for various types of jellies.

Carrageenan has exhibited numerous pharmacologic effects in vitro and in animals, including lowering cholesterol levels, limiting food absorption, decreasing gastric secretions (osmotically active), and producing cathartic effects and hypotension, as well as anticoagulant and immunosuppressive activities. Carrageenan has demonstrated antiproteolytic activity against pepsin and papain in vitro. Interestingly, carrageenan has been reported to cause GI ulceration in various animals .

When carrageenan is injected into a rodent's paw, it produces a consistent inflammatory response. The carrageenan-induced rat paw edema model is a popular and reliable model for testing potential anti??inflammatory compounds.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on September 23, 2010
at 03:14 AM

Natural flavors can include things like MSG.

F9e59a62c46422660c692033146c12fc

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on September 23, 2010
at 09:00 AM

Thanks Eva, figured Natural Flavors was way to much of a blank check for these folks!!! Dang!!!

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:24 AM

I'd say "No". Almonds, fine. Almonds roasted in soy bean oil and coated in salt, NO. Same goes with almond milk.

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:14 AM

No. Make your own. No need for chemical garbage in your body. And for sure avoid hidden soy!

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on September 23, 2010
at 02:09 AM

No.

Too much processed stuff.

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