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Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink This Hype

Remember drinking this with your dinner when you were a kid?

Do your friends meet the “3 and 4, we adore” criteria consistently? If your friends are throwin’ back some of this hype drink, share with them what you know!

Friends don’t let friends drink hype. 

Over the last century, dairy milk consumption has plummetted being replaced by almond milk and other plant-based milk.

This hype could be jackin’ up your friends’ digestion and energy and happiness and causing (at least part) autoimmune dis and dat in your friends! 

This is how you help your friends with this hype. Take them for a ride and show them the way!

Many almond milks and other plant-based milks contain three things that could be wreaking havoc on your friends’ digestion and jackin’ their mojo. They are:

  1. Antinutrients
  2. Carrageenan
  3. Omega-6 fat
All your friends can read more on this

Antinutrients

Almond milk and other nut milks contain antinutrients. The antinutrients are essential to the growth of the young nut or seed but interfere with the absorption of nutrients in your friends. Some of the antinutrients in almonds include phytic acid, oxalic acid, lectins, tannins, and protease inhibitors. These antinutrients in plants, seeds, and nuts can create digestive and nutrient absorption challenges for your friends, but they are essential for the growth of the nut or seed.

One particular antinutrient in nuts and unfortunately high in almonds is phytic acid. Phytic acid binds to minerals like iron and zinc in food and prevents your friends from absorbing the minerals. If you already have a diet lacking in foods with higher levels of iron and zinc like seafood and high-quality land meats, a diet high in phytic acid can lead to the slowing of energy production and detoxification.

There are ways that your friends can breakdown some of the antinutrients in almonds (and nuts and seed). One of the best ways is by sprouting them. However, if they decide to sprout them, the almonds must be raw–truly raw. One of the challenges your friends will have is finding truly raw almonds due to the government stepping in with new laws on raw nuts. It’s next to impossible to get raw almonds unless your friends are buying directly from the grower or at a farmer’s market. Another option for your friends is getting raw almonds from Whole Foods. But you must tell your friends that the only way it’s truly raw almonds is if the almond was grown in Italy or some other place outside of the US. 

Foods with higher levels of phytic acid

What’s the downside of raw almonds from Italy?
 Your friends have to travel over 6000 miles to Italy. Or they could go to Whole Foods on Mayo Blvd but your friends might get some shady tart almonds. Since almonds contain high amounts of unsaturated fats, they are more likely to go rancid with time of transportation and storage. Don’t let your friends eat shady tart almonds. By the time your friends figured out that it’s rancid they already swallowed half the almond. Even though almonds have higher levels of vitamin E to help with the rancidity of the fats, still advise caution to your friends.

How much does phytic acid affect mineral absorption?
 In the absence of phytic acid, we absorb approximately 20 percent more zinc and 60 percent more magnesium from our food. See more here

Then they try to fool your friends with that calcium comment. The calcium that they added is missing other cofactors that are present when found in milk. Friends don’t let friends drink this hype! 
Gums and some other stuff your friends don’t need. And thanks for the heads up on “contains almond,” Califia! Friends will appreciate that. 

Carrageenan

If your friends do most of there shopping in a more health-focused grocery store, it’ll probably be easier for them to find almond milk without carrageenan. Carrageenan is a thickener derived from seaweed that helps to keep ingredients in the milk together. There are some studies that show when food-grade carrageenan was used, tumor growth was accelerated only when a known carcinogen was present. But listen… Your friends are being bombarded with so many carcinogenic substances in their environment. So hook’em up with some info. 

If your friends are not throwing up 3’s and 4’s or don’t have solid digestion, be sure you help them avoid any products with carrageenan. There’s plenty of evidence regarding carrageenan and gastrointestinal inflammation.

Have your friends check it out!

It can light them up! 

And more

Carrageenan bottom line: your friends’ bodies don’t need it, and it doesn’t provide any health benefits.

Polyunsaturated fats

Nuts and seeds have higher levels of polyunsaturated fats–mainly omega-6 fats. Omega-6 fats are susceptible to oxidation. Oxidation is a normal part of your friends’ life, but too much oxidation leads to tissue early degeneration and disease in your friends. If your friends live in a climate where there’s lots of sun and warm temperatures, this speeds oxidation of polyunsaturated fats. For all your AZ friends limiting or avoiding almond/nut milk may be beneficial for them.

What’s the best almond milk for your friends?
 The one you make for them! Without all the crap manufacturers put in the ones on store shelves. You can easily make almond milk for your friends by soaking almonds overnight and then blending them with water. Be sure you’re using organic, raw, non-irradiated almonds or they won’t sprout.

Here’s how to DIY no-hype almond milk for your friends

  1. Soak the nuts for eighteen hours to help breakdown the antinutrients. At about the halfway point, drain, rinse, and change the water.
  2. After soaking, the nuts will have expanded in size. In a 1 to 3 ratio, add nuts and purified water to the blender. For example, 1 cup soaked nuts to 3 cups water.
  3. Blend thoroughly. Then, slowly pour the contents of the blender through the filter, such as cheesecloth. Use your hands to milk the bag. This can be messy so do it slowly.
  4. Store the milk in a glass container with tightly sealing lids. Tell your friends it should keep for about 4 days.
If your friends are trippin’ and can’t pass on almond milk this is the best one I could find at Whole Foods. 

3 Important Takeaways for Your Friends

  1. Avoid drinking nut milk with meals. If your friends chose to drink almond milk or other nut milks, it’s best to avoid it with their meals due to the mineral affinity of the antinutrients. This is especially important if you are vegetarian. For example, snacking on nuts between meals could reduce the amount of iron, zinc, and calcium they absorb from the nuts but not so much from the meal they eat a few hours later. Protect your friends from mineral deficiencies.
  2. Manufacturers manipulate plant-based milk by adding minerals and vitamins like calcium and vitamin D to make your friends think it’s nutritionally comparable to dairy milk. In addition to the added synthetic vitamins and minerals, be on the lookout for the added sugar. Avoid these plant-based milks.
  3. If your friends have digestive issues, it might be best for them to go off of nuts and seeds for a while to see if their symptoms improve. Taking a break can allow their gut to heal. Then they can slowly reintroduce nuts and seeds to see if they’re still jackin’ up their mojo. 3 and 4, we adore!

Have an awesome weekend!

I hope you get some creative time this weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


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