More people than ever are choosing milk alternatives over dairy milk. And the amount is predicted to nearly double over the next 3 years. This is mainly due to changing concerns around health, animal welfare, and the environmental impact of eating animal foods.
Nut ‘milk’ is a dairy substitute that can be made from different types of nuts. The nuts are often toasted after their shells are removed, soaked in water, crushed into a paste and blended with water. The liquid that is strained from this mixture is the nut milk. There are now many different varieties of nut milk available, such as almond milk, cashew milk, hazelnut milk and even pistachio milk. All of them are packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Almond milk and hazelnut milk are two of the most popular out there, and both are:
• 100% plant-based
• Low in cholesterol and saturated fat
• A source of calcium
• A source of vitamins B2, B12 and D
• Free from artificial colours, flavours preservatives
• Both lactose and dairy-free
So if you’re thinking about making a switch to a dairy milk alternative, it’s worth definitely considering one of these two!
The differences between almond milk and hazelnut milk
We’ve mentioned the things that almond milk and hazelnut milk have in common, but what about the things that set them apart? Almond milk is lower in fat (1.1g of fat per 100ml and 0.1g of sat fat) than hazelnut milk (1.6g of fat and 0.2g of sat fat). Almond milk is also lower in calories (24 kcal per 100ml) than hazelnut milk (29 kcal per 100ml). And if you’re really watching the calories, unsweetened almond milk has only 13 kcal per 100ml.
When comparing how they taste, almond milk is generally considered to have a subtler nutty flavour, while hazelnut milk is often believed to have a richer taste. Almond milk’s appearance is different too, it has a creamy white colour very similar to cow’s milk, while hazelnut milk is a pale chocolate brown colour.
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