I’ve been drinking almond milk for several years now.
Even before I went dairy-free for my now 2-year-old nursling, I personally gravitated toward nut milks. And almond was the first milk I began substituting for dairy when we discovered 3 1/2 years ago that my now-6-year-old is sensitive to dairy.
That generic brand started adding a dangerous ingredient to their almond milk: carrageenan.
And I soon discovered that nearly all brands of almond milk–even the name brands!–add carrageenan to their almond milks as well. There is even one name brand who sneakily advertises their “pure” almond milk as just almonds and water–and then in small print lists “carrageenan” on the label!
Now, some people will tell you that carrageenan is harmless. And the tricky part is that you will find it as a common additive in many “natural” and organic food items today–lunch meats, yogurts and, yes, most dairy-free milks.
But other sources point to carrageenan possibly causing “inflammation, gut irritation and even cancer.” (source)
I like to err on the side of caution. And that means avoiding carrageenan for me.
The solution to providing your family with the most unadulterated almond milk would be to make your own, right? And, for some, that is a viable solution. But it requires a high-powered blender, and not everyone has one (or can even afford one). (I just got my very first high-powered blender, a Blendtec, a few months ago–and it was given to me to review on this blog!)
Because I didn’t (until recently) have the equipment nor the time to make my own almond milk, I decided to go on a mission to find a brand that did not add carrageenan to their almond milk.
That brand is Silk.
Silk is pricier than the generic brand almond milks that I used to purchase. But with the amount of almond milk my family consumes, to me, it is worth the extra cost.
Besides that, Silk brand almond milk is silky smooth (no pun intended!), and I often use the vanilla flavor as a coffee creamer!
Since my favorite grocery store primarily carries their own generic brand, I must go to other stores to get Silk. I get mine at either Harris Teeter or BJ’s (which is similar to Sam’s or Costco), which recently started carrying boxes of Silk brand almond milk. I like that I can buy it there in bulk, so it lasts me a little longer.
When Silk asked me to write about my experience with their almond milk, it was a no-brainer “yes” for me since it is the brand I already use and love. And I feel like I would be doing you, my readers, a disservice to not caution you against the consumption of carrageenan since it is an ingredient that I actively avoid.
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Do you drink almond milk? Have you tried the taste of Silk Vanilla Almondmilk?What is your favorite brand of almond milk? Had you ever heard of carrageenan? Do you try to avoid it?
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