Should you mix almond milk with protein powder?
What is almond milk?
Almond milk is a plant milk made from ground almonds and filtered water. It is naturally dairy- and lactose-free.
Can you mix almond milk with protein powder?
You can mix protein powder with almond milk. In fact, you can mix protein powder with just about anything. Some people like to mix protein powder with water. Others add it to their morning coffee. What you choose to mix it with will depend on your preferences and nutrition goals. Almond milk is a popular choice because it cheaper and has fewer calories than other plant milks.
Is almond milk good with protein powder?
The answer to this question depends on what you mean by “good.” If you are wondering if almond milk tastes good mixed with protein powder, the answer is yes. Protein powder mixed with almond milk tastes good, or at least better than protein powder mixed with water. If you are wondering if almond milk is good for you, the answer is not really.
First of all, almond milk is not really made with almonds. Although there is no way of knowing exactly what percentage of almond milk is almonds, it is safe to assume that it is low. For instance, a class-action lawsuit against Blue Diamond (Almond Breeze) claims that their branding is misleading because their almond milk contains only 2% almonds. Almond milk therefore does not offer nearly the same nutritional value as almonds. Moreover, most almond milks are full of food additives.
Almond milk is full of food additives.
Food additives are added to plant milks to replicate the creamy mouthfeel of dairy. Although they are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, food additives can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects.
Many food additives are hard to digest and sit in your gut for longer than they should. This gives your gut bacteria more time to ferment (eat), and as they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating, cramps, and nausea.
In the short term, gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon), which can lead to constipation. In the long term, food additives disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and trigger the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
Keep an eye out for artificial sweeteners too. Artificial sweeteners are poorly absorbed by the gut, which means that they feed your hungry gut bacteria. They also alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious GI problems and widespread inflammation.
Finally, artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can cause diarrhea because they draw water into your gut. Now you might finally have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom.
A few of the most common food additives used in almond milk are highlighted in red below.
Almond Milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavors, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alpha-Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).
Should I mix protein powder with almond milk or water?
Protein powder mixed with almond milk tastes better than protein powder mixed with water. It has a creamier texture and richer flavor. That said, mixing protein powder with almond milk will change the nutritional profile of your protein shake.
A cup of unsweetened almond milk contains 30 to 60 calories, which means that your protein shake will have 30 to 60 more calories than it would if it were mixed with water alone. Depending on your nutritional goals, this may or may not be a good thing. If you are looking to gain weight, then you could use the added calories. If you are looking to lose weight, you might want to stick with water. That said, it is only 30 to 60 calories, and if it makes your protein shake palpable, it is probably worth it.
If not almond milk, then what should I use?
Our protein powder is additive-free. I have mixed it with almond milk before, but I feel silly adding food additives to an additive-free protein powder. This is why I prefer using other plant milks with fewer food additives. My go-tos are coconut and oat milk. Regardless of which plant milk you choose, however, you should still read the ingredient label.
In summary, almond milk and protein powder make for a tasty, relatively low calorie protein shake. That said, I still recommend that you choose another plant milk, like oat milk, with fewer additives. Food additives are no joke, and sneak their way into most of the packaged foods that we eat.
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This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.