It’s getting so confusing nowadays! Eat this, but not that and don’t forget to add a little of this. It is more difficult to figure out what you should eat, and it seems as though new foods keep popping up with so many additional health benefits. Sometimes these newbie foods leave many people running to the nearest grocery store for the latest and greatest, but are they going to do what they promise to do ?
What About Almond Milk ?
Almond milk is exactly what it sounds like – a plant milk with a nutty taste. Almond milk is made with almonds and water. A plus to almond milk is that it does not contain lactose, and that makes it a great vegan option. It gained increased popularity during the last several years.
The upside? Almond milk contains 40 calories per cup (versus the 90 calories found in skim milk), so it can be a calorie-saver. It is also lower in carbohydrates, which can be a plus for diabetics, and is fortified with calcium, so it is very similar to the calcium content of milk. Almond milk is low in fat and naturally cholesterol free, which is a bonus. The downside? Protein. Almond milk is lower in protein than cow’s milk. For those who are counting protein grams, this product is lacking.
The verdict? Sure! This can be a great option for many people. Just beware of the lower protein count. If you feel you are looking for a higher protein choice, opt for cow’s milk.
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There are so many products available these days. It takes a savvy shopper, label reader, and nutrition guru to determine what works. We can’t possibly cover all of them in one article, but here are a few tips to think about:
- Look at the label: The less ingredients on the list, the better. Look for ingredients you are aware of or at least can pronounce.
- Don’t believe everything you see online: There is a lot of good information on the Internet, and there is a lot of not-so-good information. Go to a trusted site for your information. When in doubt, ask. Find a nutritionist or health professional to answer your question.
- Back to basics: You really can’t go wrong with fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein. Sometimes that’s all you need. There really is no such thing as a magic food.
At the end of the day, do the best you can. No one is perfect. Small steps and changes can make a huge impact in your overall health!
Allow the bariatric experts to help you if you need support. Please reach out every opportunity you get with every question that you have – it’s not just our work to assist you. We actually celebrate in seeing you succeed.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Nutritionist and Bariatric Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre. and post bariatric patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
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