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Is Almond Milk on the paleo list?

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Created January 03, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Hello: I'm 18, male, and 230 lbs. (not excessively overweight, for i am 6'1, but i wish to have a less fat %).

So! My question: How much almond milk can i drink (i will list the ingredients) and still lose weight on the diet per day? Ingredients: All natural almondmilk (filterd water, almonds), all natural evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, sea salt, locust bean gum, gellan gum, sunflower lecithin (this is what alarmed me), d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitemin E), zinc gluconate, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin (B2), vitamin b12,vitamin D2.

I use it in my scrambled eggs. But never have drunk it on this diet before.

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:05 PM

well, time to buy a nut-milk bag. Thanks :)

912d417b992445a654a14a3942c95642

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:03 PM

i am low carb lol

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on January 22, 2012
at 10:59 PM

thanks bill nye -.-

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Watch out for the gums too.

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:47 PM

@Josh M OMG what an image!

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:46 PM

@Mallory "there are two of me on the site" LOL Now that's an accomplishment. I can barely be in ONE place at a time. :-))

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on January 04, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Yeah but he wants to drink it and most commercial sweetened almond milk has like 15g a cup. And a bunch of other crap.

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on January 04, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Yeah but most commercial sweetened almond milk has like 15g a cup. And a bunch of other crap.

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on January 04, 2012
at 12:30 PM

The dose makes the poison, and our bodies are perfectly capable of digesting sugar with no ill effect.

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Now now, everyone knows if you use California Almond milk, you lose more. Because "Happy Almonds" provide, err, wait. I'm thinking of something else. Never mind. :)

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Lots of people don't know that "all natural evaporated cane juice" = sugar. I've never seen sugar or refined sweeteners of any kind on a paleo ok food list, even for those who don't do low carb.

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on January 03, 2012
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Any reason in particular you can't just consume cow/goat milk? More protein, better fats.

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Pfft, that "evil" sugar. Who said he's low carb?

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:20 PM

lol i cant figure out how to login right...i think there are two of me on the site it depends whether i post from work or home

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on January 03, 2012
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+1 dam almonds are so hard to milk with such small udders.

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Fine. Go ahead. Make useful suggestions. And what happened to your reputation? Cuz you are a PH grokstar!

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:55 PM

there is unsweetened almond milk

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:04 PM

You should definitely make your own, it is much tastier, and doesn't have the added thickening agents. Usually you just need to soak the nuts in water overnight, then blend them in a strong blender like a Vitamix if you have one, but other ones will work, and add a date or two (pit removed) for sweetening if need be, or raw honey if you are into that, then strain with a nut milk bag, or a fine sieve, or even a brand new washed lady's knee high stocking for the cheapest version! I also sometimes like to add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon or vanilla for flavoring.

I also LOVE macadamia nut milk, but they are so expensive I hate to waste the pulp, and I tend to not use it, but you can use the pulp for baking, paleo pancakes, etc.

Overall, for weight loss, I would probably just keep it clean and keep out the nuts and nut milks altogether for a few weeks, and then add them in later and see how they affect your weight loss.

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:05 PM

well, time to buy a nut-milk bag. Thanks :)

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:35 PM

There is no almond cow, therefore there is no almond "milk". To paraphrase Lewis Black, it should be called almond juice (soy milk --> soy juice).

I don't think cavemen were drinking almond milk, so I say no, it is not paleo. But the real question is, should it be consumed in spite of not being paleo? Maybe. Depends.

Almonds, like most nuts, are a bit high in n6. A few is fine - but you probably don't want to make it the base of your pyramid. And then, what other ingredients are in it? Does it require high temperature processing that would oxidize the fat?

Frankly, I have no desire for it and I wouldn't recommend it. But YMMV...

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:07 PM

+1 dam almonds are so hard to milk with such small udders.

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:47 PM

@Josh M OMG what an image!

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on January 22, 2012
at 10:59 PM

thanks bill nye -.-

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:34 PM

A spoonfull of almond butter + water makes almond milk. same with any nut butter, coconut butter + water= coconut milk

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:38 PM

Fine. Go ahead. Make useful suggestions. And what happened to your reputation? Cuz you are a PH grokstar!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:46 PM

@Mallory "there are two of me on the site" LOL Now that's an accomplishment. I can barely be in ONE place at a time. :-))

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:20 PM

lol i cant figure out how to login right...i think there are two of me on the site it depends whether i post from work or home

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:42 PM

246mL. Exactly. Don't dare try 250 or you'll balloon up instantly.

Just kidding. You know this question is utterly impossible to answer, right? Even if we go with a strict calories in/calories out theory of weight loss, the answer is going to depend on what else you're eating, your activity level, your fat:muscle ratio, the number of calories per serving (which we can't tell from a list of ingredients), and so forth. And most of us here believe that there's more to weight gain/loss than calories in/calories out.

The real answer is, as others have said, that this is not a product that will optimally support health and weight loss. It looks high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Can you drink some and maintain weight loss? Probably. But we can't tell you exactly how much, and you'll almost certainly do better with a less processed alternative.

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Now now, everyone knows if you use California Almond milk, you lose more. Because "Happy Almonds" provide, err, wait. I'm thinking of something else. Never mind. :)

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:47 PM

It's sweetened which means you should probably not be drinking very much of it at all :( If you're going to use it, try getting the unsweetened kind or making your own :)

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Almond-Milk

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:55 PM

there is unsweetened almond milk

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Pfft, that "evil" sugar. Who said he's low carb?

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on January 04, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Yeah but he wants to drink it and most commercial sweetened almond milk has like 15g a cup. And a bunch of other crap.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Lots of people don't know that "all natural evaporated cane juice" = sugar. I've never seen sugar or refined sweeteners of any kind on a paleo ok food list, even for those who don't do low carb.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 04, 2012
at 12:30 PM

The dose makes the poison, and our bodies are perfectly capable of digesting sugar with no ill effect.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on January 04, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Yeah but most commercial sweetened almond milk has like 15g a cup. And a bunch of other crap.

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:03 PM

i am low carb lol

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on March 26, 2013
at 08:07 PM

There is not doubt that nuts offer benefits, whether it is trace minerals, vitamins, or omega 3's. Balance out your ratio of omega 3's and 6's by eating more walnuts and fish. Here is an simple entertaining video on Sprouting your nuts to make your own milks. I used a blend of macadamia, brazil, almonds, and walnuts. Sweeten yourself however you prefer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k4f-lHQWz0&list=UUNoSTEfNmyRcW4kuW7eWr9g&index=1

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:53 PM

No one quite said this but it was implied: if you're trying to lose weight and you give a lot of "eatspace" to almond milk, what does that do to your overall health/nutrition over time?

Any of us can eat our preferred snack, but that word implies small quantities. The nice things about eating almonds instead of drinking almond milk is that you get the pure food and there's a natural portion control. Speaking only for myself, pure almonds are nice once in a while but I eat 4-5 and I'm done. They're just not exciting enough to go to town on. Almond milk, on the other hand, would be easy to drink down by the glassful without even thinking about it.

Bottom line: if you're using a little in your cooking, I don't think it's a big deal even if it is sweetened (although I agree making your own allows you to skip additives) but drinking large amounts of almond milk may leave you deficient in other things you might have eaten.

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:36 PM

If you make it yourself, then that is one thing, otherwise most Almond Milk people buy in the stores is more of product. Just check the ingredients, and you will see.

I would go with canned or make it yourself Coconut Milk (do not get So Delicious, same issue as Almond Milk).

Unless you handle diary, and can get some grass fed milk, that might be another option.

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on January 04, 2012
at 05:08 AM

IMO and part of every single decent fat loss plan: If you want to drop bodyfat, you should not be drinking any calorie containing beverages which includes Almond Milk, with or without sugar. Can you lose bodyfat and consume beverages with sugar and fat or protein in them? Sure, but Almond Milk might as well be a gatoraide mixed with whole milk - neither of which is paleo and neither of which will help you lose bodyfat, IMO they help to increase it.

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I drink almond milk w protein powder for extra protein. I've lost weight while on it but am not attributing that decrease to its consumption.

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