Almond milk is a healthy alternative and nutritious soy milk or cow’s milk. Almond milk is dairy free, cholesterol free and contains high levels of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. Praise from almond milk are endless, however there are some dangers to the carton, including high amounts of sugar and the condition of a goitrogenic food.
Almonds are a goitrogenic food, meaning they contain chemicals that can damage the thyroid . The goitrogenic foods such as soybeans, cabbage, kale, flax, broccoli and almonds, cause the thyroid to expand, and when consumed in high level, causes the formation of goiters because one of the prevalent chemicals found in goitrogens block iodine intake. While goitrogens may be harmful when they are consumed in large quantities, are at the same time safe and beneficial for the human immune system. However, for those with low thyroid function, restriction of consuming large amounts of goitrogens is critical. Almond milk contains levels of goitrogenic toxins produced from almonds and should be avoided by people at risk of low thyroid function. For people who have a healthy function of the thyroid , consuming a moderate amount of almond milk every day will have no negative effect on the thyroid
As the trend to replace cow’s milk with milk soy in your baby’s bottle, replacement with almond milk is equally dangerous. Almond milk is not an adequate source of nutrition for a baby and while breast milk or formula is replaced by almond milk, the baby will likely develop malnutrition and health complications for life . Even the occasional feeding of almond milk (altering breast milk or formula) is dangerous and not recommended. Studies of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition have demonstrated autoimmune thyroid disease in babies who take almond milk. The concentration of chemicals goitrogenic in relation to the body of a baby is much greater than when consumed by an adult. Therefore, even in moderation, foods such as goiters almond milk should be avoided during childhood.
One of the most obvious disadvantages of almond milk is the high percentage of sugar contained compared to cow’s milk. Almond milk contains natural sugar , but is added by most manufacturers during processing to improve taste. Most commercial almond milks contain about 20 grams of sugar per serving. Fortunately, there are now brands unsweetened almond milk on the market that contain as little as 1 gram of carbohydrate per serving.