Cashew milk is another milk alternative that has been gaining popularity lately. But how does cashew milk compare with milk and other milk alternatives?
In case you missed it, here are the recent articles comparing dairy milk, almond milk and coconut milk:
Like commercial almond milk, commercial cashew milk contains almost no protein. One cup of store bought cashew milk contains <1g of protein. So again, you are paying for sweetened, thickened water with a few cashews. Ridiculous!! I can’t believe that food companies get away with this!
Just in case you’re keeping track, here’s a handy dandy chart to compare the different milks we have discussed so far:
You can make your own cashew with higher amounts of protein and other nutrients – almost 9 times the protein, in fact! Given the amount of calories and fat when you actually use a significant amount of cashews to make the milk, I would suggest a serving of 1/2 cup.
Again, here’s my BOTTOM LINE on milk:
The milk you choose is just one small component of your overall diet. Which one you choose is much less important than how many fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds you eat. If you consume 4-5 cups combined of fruits and vegetables, I really don’t care what milk you drink.
The most economical choice is dairy milk and the closest nutritional substitute if you don’t tolerate dairy is soymilk.
DIY CASHEW MILK RECIPE:
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups water