Almond milk can support your immune system
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Almond milk is often fortified with vitamins A, D, and E at levels that are often higher than those found in dairy milk—and, some cow’s milk does not contain added vitamin D at all. All of those can give your immune system a nice daily boost. Almond milk is also rich in added B vitamins and iron, which promotes muscle strength and healing. But it’s always good to read labels so you know exactly what you’re getting, says Sheth. Not all almond milk is fortified in ways that can strengthen your immune system.
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Thinking of switching from regular milk to nut milk? “It can be a good alternative for anyone who is allergic or sensitive to dairy, a good choice for anyone trying to cut back on calories, and a good option especially for my clients with prediabetes/diabetes as it is much lower in carbohydrates compared to cow’s milk and so has a lower impact on their blood sugar,” says Vandana Sheth, RDN, certified diabetes educator, author of My Indian Table: Quick & Tasty Vegetarian Recipes, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. It is low in protein, though, so you want to make sure you are getting protein from other foods, she adds. And read up on the 8 things that happen when you go dairy-free.