I hope that you are reading this article to compare health and dietetic benefits of mentioned products, as well as to ask yourself a commonly stated question „Almond milk vs. Rice milk. Which one is better for my organism?”. The answer is even simpler than you may think. If the health benefits are taken into account and you want one of them to be the basis of your healthy diet – I can recommend you the almond milk as the better option amongst the two mentioned. Let's support this opinion with some facts.
Both rice and almond milk are alternatives for a regular cow's milk. There is a number of reasons why people choose not to drink cow's milk. Amongst them we can distinguish such reasons as:
- lactose intolerance
- casein allergieswith
- diet or beliefs (vegans)
- belief that comestible cow's milk is loaded with preservatives
For those people rice or almond milk is a good (not necessarily the healthiest) alternative that meets their needs.
There are some major differences between the two mentioned kinds of milk kinds. Let's start with the carbohydrates amount – rice milk contains about three times as much (about 24g in 240g (8oz.) serving) of this nutrient as almond milk does. This is pretty important because most people don't seek calories in liquids and a large quantity of them isn't indicated. The second issue related to carbohydrates is the sugar amount. Rice milk has naturally no sugar, if your product includes sugar it has been artificially sweetened. The biggest drawback of almond milk is it's sugar amount. It contains about 8g of sugar in 240 g (8 oz.) serving and I'm talking about an unflavored kind.
This area is the place where the almond milk is taking a huge advantage, mainly because almonds are one of the healthiest nuts so its derivatives products are also going to be healthy. Almond milk usually (we're talking about comestible products) contains a significant amount of such microelements as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and calcium. You can also find there such nutrients as iron, potassium or magnesium but the amounts aren't that significant. If you're looking for great amount of those nutrients it's far better to consume plain almonds instead of drinking almond milk.
Some of the mentioned microelements (like vitamin A, vitamin D and calcium) can be found also in comestible rice milk (though they don't exist in rice). The reason behind it is both almond and rice milk are being fortified with vitamins during the manufacturing process. Both of them can't be really comparative to cow's milk so producers add those nutrients to make their products healthier. Nevertheless it's always a good idea to check products label before buying. While checking the label you should also look for the presence of any suspicious additives. You want to be sure if the product you're about to buy is the one that provides you with the microelements you're looking for.
There is another point I'd like to make – the calories amount in both kinds of milk. Almond milk (unflavored) provides you with 60 calories per 240g (8 oz.) serving. The same serving of rice milk provides about 120 calories, that's twice as much as in the case of almond milk. Take note that milk (and fluids generally) is a product used to quench your thirst or as a supportive product (e.g. to cereals) so you don't want to “drink calories”. It's another reason to choose almond milk instead of rice one.
As you can see almond milk is definitely the winner in the comparison with rice milk in case of nutrition. The most important pieces of information you should remember from this article are that you should read the labels of all comestible milk products because their nutrition values vary between producers and products. If health and nutrition are taken into account you should choose almond milk because it contains a lot more nutrients and provides less calories. Drinking rice milk from time to time isn't that bad for your health, just watch the amounts and the frequency of drinking.