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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Almond Milk (breezy)
Date: August 15, 2007 at 2:42 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Almond Milk (breezy) posted by jn on August 11, 2007 at 8:34 pm:

first, thanks for posting all the info. Makes the process easier.

Second, while these "non dairy milks" can have a role, I wouldnt recommend consuming more than 2 servings a day of any of them, regardless of which one.

Third, I wouldnt be "scared" of rice milk cause it is higher in "carbs". I would evaluate a product by its overall value, or lack of value, not any one single issue. I would be concerned with added sugars and/or refined flours, but not carbs in general.

Out of the ones you posted....

All of them are higher in sodium than my guideline and of course, Almond Milk is higher in fat, but would fall under my exception as the fat comes from almonds. Now, the ones with added sugars "appear" to have a lower percent of fat, but thats because the added sugars raise the total calories without contibuting fat, so the relative "percent" fat goes down.

Now, I am not a big fan of dried cereals, as they are highly processed and refined and very calorie dense. So, avoiding them eliminates the problem of what to put on them. :)

However, if you do have a bowl, and you fill the bowl with lots of fresh fruits and berries, you lower the calorie density, increase the overall nutrient density and naturally sweeten the bowl. That would be the way to go, if you arent already.

Also, I dont know what you mean by your "fat allowance". My guidelines are based on a percentage of calories from fat and not a "total allowance" and either of the above products would not put the total percentage for the day over, in light of an otherwise healthy diet for the day.

So, having said all that, out of the three you posted, if you asked me, I would pick number one.

In Health
Jeff

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