Do you want to try an alternative to cow's milk? I can advise you to try the hazelnut milk, which can be a great equivalent of cow’s milk in your daily dieting routine. It is important to note, that nutritious values depend strongly on the product’s origin. They vary accordingly to the fact, whether it is a homemade hazelnut milk (and if it's drained or not), or one that you can buy in a supermarket. But at first, let’s take a look at the mentioned milk as the dietary supplement.
Hazelnut milk as an alternative to ordinary milk
You may wonder if the hazelnut milk can be used on a daily basis and be included in eating habits to exchange cow’s milk with it? The situation is exactly the same as with every nut milk product, so the answer is : yes (take note that nut milks lack a lot of nutrients present in cow's milk - you should provide those nutrients from other sources). It is also suitable for people with digestive problems and alternative feeding beliefs. To name a few, hazelnut milk is perfectly suitable for vegans, as well as for people with lactose intolerance, diagnosed casein allergy or for those who for some reason are not fond of consuming cow’s milk. The hazelnut milk can be also a delicious replacement to be added to coffee and tea as a sweetener due to its delicious nutty taste, which entirely changes the whole drink's taste. Important health fact : hazelnut milk contains unsaturated fats, which are better for you than saturated ones contained in cow’s milk based products.
A glimpse on hazelnuts
The hazelnut milk is based entirely on a natural product – hazelnuts. So, to prove, that they are healthy and beneficial for our organism, let’s just state, that they posses many nutritious elements in huge amounts. To name just a few, they are a rich source of proteins , vitamins: E, B1, B6 and many minerals (manganese and magnesium for instance). For further details you can check Wikipedia. But the situation is not as easy as it may seem. Nutritious values and amounts of healthy additives in milk created from hazelnuts are highly dependent on the production technology in which it has been produced. At first, I would like to focus on the market-bought one and analyze its values.
Hazelnut milk bought in market
This kinds of drink are really not that healthy and are artificially enchanted to keep the taste by replacing natural ingredients with chemical substances. The most important negative factor to mention is that amount of proteins is far too small to fulfill daily protein requirements. As in many other products – quantity of sugar added is quite big comparing to homemade hazelnut milk. Problematic issue is also the fact, that calcium and vitamin D contained in it is artificial and originates from artificial amplifiers and chemical additives.
Are there any beneficial ingredients in hazelnut milk that can be bought in a shop? There are satisfying amounts of calcium, riboflavin and D Vitamin (artificially processed though) and some noticeable amounts of vitamins A and E. The quantity of any of the mentioned elements is fully dependant on the product, producer and the price for the hazelnut milk. Please read the label of the product carefully. There is a danger, that carrageenan was used to thicken and stabilize the substance and there are some health concerns about this substance. Visit Wikipedia for more details.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vrangtantebrun/
If you are interested in nutrition values of one of the products available on the market then check out this website - you will find nutrition facts regarding one of the comestible hazelnut milks. To wrap up – vitamins level is average, nutrients are somehow lacking, and there is way too many sugar in it. The last piece of information should be taken into consideration especially by diabetics.
Homemade hazelnut milk
In this case the hazelnut milk should be much healthier, but the issue is not as easy as it seems. Nutritious values are higher, but are also highly dependent on amount of nuts that are added and their proportion with poured water. Another aspect of healthiness is the way of consumption after preparation – many people drain the milk which reduces the hazelnut pulp amount in milk to zero, without which there are not too many nutritious values left. The healthiest way (although the most uncommon one) is to drink the liquid with the pulp to provide oneself with a fairly large amount of proteins, vitamins and unsaturated fats.
What other advantages homemade hazelnut milk can offer? It can be flavored accordingly to your tastes and preferences, for example by adding honey, cinnamon or some artificial sweeteners. Due to this additive ingredients homemade milk is much healthier and nutritious but only under the condition that there won’t be too much artificial sweeteners and sugar added.
According to the fact, that majority of people like to drink their milk drained, there is hazelnut pulp remaining, from which you can bake delicious coco bars or cinnamon rolls for dessert. There are obviously numerous recipes using hazelnut pulp, so if you like to bake – the initiative is entirely up to you!
And if you have wondered during the lecture, how to create your own hazelnut milk, here you can find some tips and solutions.
As a wrap up it is vital to say, that hazelnut milk is tasty and nutritious, with significant amounts of vitamins D, A and E included. Take note, that this product shouldn’t be taken into consideration if you have diagnosed nut allergy. Also, due to its features (I'm talking about homemade hazelnut milk here) it can be occasionally used to replace the ordinary milk, but if you are not a diabetic or not have the lactose intolerance – it is definitely more advisable to drink cow’s milk and treat hazelnut milk just as a casual beverage.