Almond milk sales are soaring, but is it good for you?


Fortune

American consumers are drinking almond milk in record numbers. Sales of the non-dairy product are now more than $700 million a year— up 40 percent in 2014 from 2013.

Nowadays, almond milk from producers like Blue Diamond or WhiteWave’s Silk brand can be found in local coffee shops and even Dunkin’ Donuts as a substitute for cow’s milk and cream. It’s also in grocery stores and major outlets like Whole Foods,Costco andWal-Mart.

However, as the drink grows in popularity, there are questions about whether almond milk is nutritious and healthy enough. Almond milk can contain additives, which is raising concerns among health food activists. It also lacks the calcium and protein of regular milk. “It can be a great alternative to cut calories but not a great alternative for bone health,” said Rene Ficek, a registered dietician and lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating,

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