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Mar 6, 2013

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I don’t drink a lot of milk, not because I don’t want to but because my body tells me I can’t. Yep, I’m sort of kind of lactose intolerant. I wasn’t always lactose intolerant but oh well, I guess the body changes and that’s the end of that story.

My body still needs calcium so in the past little while, I’ve decided to try almond milk. Recently, I’ve done a number of almond milk reviews after I quickly realized that there are a ton of brands out there that make almond milk and they don’t all use the same ingredients. You’d think it was just almonds and water or something but it’s not quite that simple.

On a recent shopping trip, the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk was on sale at 2 containers for $4 which is an awesome deal. So, I picked up two and decided to do a taste test and review on it. Let’s hope the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk tastes decent enough or I’m in for 2 weeks of yuck.


Product Review: What ingredients are in the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk?

Here are the ingredients that go into the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk: Natural Almond Base (Filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavour, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

In the past, I reviewed both the Blue Diamond and the Natur-a brand and both did have some sugar in them. That’s the first noticeable difference. This Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk doesn’t have any sugar in it which automatically dropped the calorie count to just 30 calories per 250 mL cup (ie 1 cup).

Like the other two brands I’ve tested, the ingredient lists are similar but not identical. I’m beginning to realize that the world of almond milk just isn’t uniform and consumers are going to have to do a direct label to label comparison at the grocery store to decide which ingredient list they prefer before putting their dollar down on the table.


Product Test: How’s the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk?

At the time of this product test, I’ve finished the first box of Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk so I can safely give the product review without feeling as though I’ve shortchanged it in any way.

Okay, I’ll be honest. It took me a few days to get used to the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk because the two other brands I’d had both contained some sweetness. When I first tried the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk, I shuddered and thought I’d made a terrible purchase. Initially, I thought the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk tasted flat and lifeless, more like water than like almond milk. But, like the trooper that I am, I continued on.

Sometime around the day 3 mark, I started to get used to the flavour of the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk and didn’t mind it so much. For 30 calories, I’d drink my cup of Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk and I’d be getting 10% vitamin A, 30% calcium, 45% vitamin D, 25% riboflavin, 50% vitamin B 12 and even 10% zinc. It seemed like a pretty good trade off since I certainly can’t drink a whole cup of milk. 

By the time I was finished with this first box of Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk, I could appreciate its taste a lot more than I did when I first started this taste test. It didn’t taste flat anymore and I could taste the almonds.  The Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk was smooth and light and went well with my breakfast.


Verdict:

I still have one box of the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk and I plan to finish it. If not, that would be money wasted and I know it’s good for my body so I’ll definitely finish it. Can I say that the Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk is my favourite to date? NOPE.

I still prefer both the Blue Diamond and Natur-a brands to this Silk True Almond Unsweetened Almond milk. However, at this point in time, I’ve realized that every almond milk company has its own formulation for making almond milk so it’s hard to compare their choice of ingredients. Some consumers may want a flavoured almond milk, others want unsweetened, and others may not like the use of soy lecithin.

At the end of the day, I guess it depends on what individual consumers are looking for when they purchase their almond milk. Since all three brands sit well with my body, my choice will ultimately go with what’s on sale that week. I can’t say I’m completely loyal to a certain brand at this point. All I can say is that I prefer almond milk in general to soya or cow’s milk.

If you’ve never had almond milk before, you may want to transition into it by going with flavoured almond milk or a sweetened one. I’d think the move from regular milk to the unsweetened almond milk may be too vast a jump for many. Get used to the idea of drinking almond milk and then switch if you want to unsweetened almond milk. For me, I’m leaning more towards the sweetened almond milk but it’s good to know there are unsweetened almond milk options out there for us too!

 

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