For the last decade I have been sampling different non-dairy beverages and in the last seven or eight years for me they have become the norm. I have tried several rice milks and soy milks, but am very new to almond milks. Recently in addition to trying Silk PureAlmond Original Flavor Almond Milk, I also tried Almond Breeze Original Flavor Almond Milk. I heard about this brand from my mom, who recently started drinking almond milk herself, and since I could not find the almond milk I had gotten before at my regular grocery store I decided to try it out. It was a good price, and actually about a dollar less from where my mom was getting hers and about 50 cents less from soy milk at my grocery store. I knew that I liked almond milk, but I did not know what to expect in this new brand.
The Almond Breeze Original Flavor Almond Milk is free of dairy, soy, lactose, cholesterol, peanuts, casein, gluten, eggs, saturated fat, and MSG. In fact, for anyone with a peanut allergy this almond milk is prepared in a peanut free facility. Almond milk is said to be able to be used in place of regular milk for a variety of recipes. I put this to the test and would agree that it worked as a nice substitute for regular milk and even recipes that call for soy milk. Almond Breeze is owned by Blue Diamond, who for more than a century have been producing and selling whole almonds. For this reason I think that it is fair to say that their almonds may be some of the best. With this in mind it was not surprising to me that I liked their almond milk. It was just as good as the one that Silk makes, but I wondered which of the two had the better ingredients and nutrition facts.
I discovered that both the almond milk made by Silk and the almond milk made by Almond Breeze were very similar in more than just tasting good. In one serving both had 60 calories with 25 calories from fat, 150 milligrams of sodium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugars, and 1 gram of protein. The only difference was that the Almond Breeze Original Flavor Almond Milk had only 60 milligrams of potassium, one-third of what the almond milk from Silk offers. So far I was thinking that this almond milk was a good choice but then I looked at the vitamins and minerals section. The two beverages had the same amount of vitamin A, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, copper, and iron. Vitamin A was listed with 10%, calcium with 45%, vitamin D 25%, vitamin E with 50%, and Magnesium and iron 4%. While the Almond Breeze one listed phosphorus with 2% and the Silk one did not, the Almond Breeze almond milk only listed 2% for riboflavin, 23% less, 2% for zinc, 8% less, but listed manganese with 6%, 2% more. Most disappointing though was that this almond milk did not contain any vitamin B12. For me, this was a bit of a deal breaker.
I like to include a lot of B12 in my diet because we never eat meat. So far the almond milk made by Silk has been harder to find so I have been getting Almond Breeze. On a positive note the almond milk had pretty good ingredients. It was made of almond milk made of filtered water and almonds, evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2, and d-alpha-Tocopherol, which is natural vitamin E. If vitamin B12 is not a concern of yours I would recommend getting the Almond Breeze Original Flavor Almond Milk. It has good ingredients and tastes great; I just wish it had better nutrition facts.