Nut Milk

Plant-based alternative types of milk comprise nearly twenty percent of the total kinds of milk sold in the US. Dairy farmers are feeling the squeeze with this growing health trend. Intolerance to dairy is often attributed to a deficiency of lactase, the enzyme which digests lactose found in dairy. Individuals unable to completely digest dairy tend to have bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. Millions of children and adults could be suffering unnecessarily with an unidentified dairy intolerance. Switching to an alternative nut milk may provide symptom relief.

 

How common is lactose intolerance?

“An estimated 30 million to 50 million American adults are lactose intolerant. The pattern of primary lactose intolerance appears to have a genetic component, and specific populations show high levels of intolerance, including approximately: 95 percent of Asians, 60 percent to 80 percent of African Americans and Ashkenazi Jews, 80 percent to 100 percent of American Indians, and 50 percent to 80 percent of Hispanics. Lactose intolerance is least common among people of northern European origin, who have a lactose intolerance prevalence of only about 2 percent.”

Homemade Nut Milk

In order to avoid the expense of buying premade nut milk, it is easy to prepare this at home. Homemade items are fresher, avoid contamination from factories, and are not filled with artificial ingredients, sugar, and preservatives.

Recipe Ideas

In a blender puree a combination of these ingredients.

2 Tbsp. nut butter or freshly ground nuts (almond, cashew, pecan, etc.)

2 tsp. honey or maple syrup

1-2 C. water, depending on how thick you’d like the drink

Healthy additions:

Add cinnamon, ginger (fresh grated is tasty), turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cloves, or any desired tasty herb or spice.

Cinnamon

  • Aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels
  • Natural blood thinner
  • Contains the trace mineral manganese for enzyme activation
  • Aids in lowering triglycerides and cholesterol
  • Has antimicrobial properties
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces nausea and indigestion

Ginger

  • Reduces nausea and morning sickness
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces pain from inflammation and arthritis
  • Naturally lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Supports immune function

Turmeric

  • Combats free radical damage
  • Improves cognitive function and memory
  • Reduces pain from inflammation and arthritis
  • Cleanses and strengthens the arterial system
  • Reduces plaque build-up
  • Natural antidepressant

Black pepper

  • Contains the active ingredient piperine
  • Natural pain killer
  • Provides vitamins A, C, and K
  • Aids in the absorption of nutrients
  • Naturally stabilizes blood sugar and reduces cholesterol
  • Provides a variety of antioxidants
  • Aids in preventing vitiligo, loss of skin pigmentation

Cayenne pepper

  • Contains active ingredient capsaicin
  • Great for improving circulation
  • Aids in fighting infection
  • Reduces pain and inflammation in joints
  • Reduces nerve pain
  • Immune booster

Nutmeg

  • Contains powerful antioxidants
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Aids in balancing blood sugar
  • Hormone and nerve stimulant
  • Reduces high triglycerides and cholesterol

Cloves

  • High in antioxidants
  • Antibacterial
  • Improves liver function
  • Aids in regulating blood sugar levels
  • Improves bone density
  • Supports digestive function

By adding therapeutic herbs and spices, the nut milk becomes a nutritious healthy drink that can be consumed at room temperature, warmed, or chilled. To warm the nut milk, gently heat it in a saucepan on the stove, avoiding the use of a microwave. To chill the drink, blend in a few ice cubes. Always store nut milk in the refrigerator, for up to three days, if a large batch is prepared. The combination of tasty flavors is endless. Enjoy!


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