Question: If Almond Milk is your primary source of milk, do you need to drink fortified [enriched] or is the regular almond milk okay?
Answer: Almond milk is an alternative to cows’ milk. The nutritional difference between almond milk and cows’ milk lies in its calorie, protein, fat and mineral content. Almond milk, despite coming from almonds, contains very little protein (1 gram/cup versus 8 grams/cup) and virtually no fat. In addition, cow’s milk naturally contains calcium and other minerals and is fortified with vitamins A and D. Regular almond milk does not. So yes, choosing enriched almond milk ensures that you are enjoying a good source of calcium, vitamins A, B2, B12, D and zinc in every glass.
Please note: Almond milk (enriched or otherwise) is not recommended for children under the age of 2 due to its low calorie, protein and fat content.
Yours in health,
Areli Hermanson, RD
Dietitian consultant to Pomme Natural Market
Health science changes quickly. The information contained in this material should not be misconstrued as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor or trusted health provider to determine what is best for you.