Love it, hate it or protest it, there's one thing you can't deny about almond milk—it's pretty darned good for you. Store-bought almond milk is a low-calorie product with just 56 calories per serving (depending on the brand) and is a good source of Vitamins E and D. In fact, a glass of almond milk will provide you with 50% of your daily requirement of Vitamin E, and it also offers other vitamins and minerals, including potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Especially for those with lactose intolerance, almond milk has been a go-to milk alternative for many years, not to mention, it's been around for more than 1,000. Considering those stats, it's a tall order to believe that almond milk is going anywhere anytime soon. So...bottom's up!
On the flip side, almond milk has been as controversial as it has been popular. For years critics have been bemoaning the fact that it takes 23 gallons of water to produce a single gallon of almond milk, not to mention 80% of it is produced in the drought-ridden state of California. In addition to its enormous water requirement, now studies are showing even more sinister leanings around the production of this dubious nut milk. A new report from The Guardian claims that the soaring demands for almond milk "are placing a huge strain on the hives of bees used to pollinate [their] orchards, wiping out billions of honeybees in a matter of months." The rising mortality rates for these bees is due to the sheer amount of pesticides used on the almond orchards they are pollinating. Considering there are a number of other sustainable nut milks on the market, the next time you're at the supermarket, consider grabbing that carton of soy milk, instead.