For a while now, I have been using Blue Diamond Almond Milk to make my smoothies and use in my sprouted grain cereals. But recently I discovered something I wish I hadn’t, but at the same time I am glad I found this out.
For some reason I had always assumed this product was raw – that is until I finally read the label. Normally do my due diligence and read them, but for some reason I never read this one. I won’t list all of them, but the fact that there was numerous ingredients in almond milk instantly tell me the product is not raw, but the most disturbing ingredient was soy lecithin.
I have recently been learning that processed soy has been linked to tumor growth and has estrogenic effects on both men and women, there are even products sold using soy as an estrogen supplement for women. Although my research on this has only scratched the surface what I have discovered is somewhat alarming. But, unprocessed versions of soy, such as tempeh, which is fermented, are not known to have the same effect.
However, soy in small doses will have little to no harm, but the more I read the label in products the more I see that they contain soy, even the sprouted grain tortillas, breads and cereal that I eat contains soy, even the veggie burgers and other such products all contain soy. I have been giving this a lot of thought lately because I actually have a neurological condition called neurofibromatosis that causes tumor growth along nerves. I am fortunate enough though to have a very mild case of the condition that has yet to limit having an active lifestyle.
With what I know about soy, I struggle with how to avoid consuming this product as a vegetarian. I wonder if the amount I consume is enough to have an impact on tumor growth or not. Granted my diet is high-raw just about everything I have on the side of that contains soy. It’s almost unavoidable unless you eat 100% raw diet – and since my condition is not life threatening it’s difficult to go 100% raw. But had somebody told me you are going to die unless you change your diet, then it would be an easy choice.
There is also a huge flip side to this. How I approach my diet has a lot to say about my faith in God and how much I trust Him. I truly believe He is in control of all things and know that ultimately He is in control of my health, but that doesn’t mean I can be irresponsible and make foolish decisions. I still have to do my part and make wise decisions. So, as I continue to learn more about my health conditions and food I will better be able to make wise decisions. For now I will continue to consume soy, but attempt more moderate amounts.
As far as the almond milk goes, I may find myself switching back to the store bough rice milk. Granted I know this also is not 100% raw either, I am sure that it does not contain soy, and since the “milk” in my every day smoothie this is one way I can definitely limit my soy intake. Another alternative I have is to make my own almond milk. The only down side to that is that it would be fairly expensive.
If you are interested in making your own almond milk, here is a VERY simple recipe.
Almond Milk Recipe
- 1 Cup of RAW soaked almonds*
- 3 Cups of water
- Optional Sweetener: 2-3 pitted dates and/or 1 vanilla bean or vanilla extract
*Soak almonds in water for at lest 2 hours
Instructions: blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. I use a VitaMix. Then strain the mixture through a milk bag or fine cheesecloth into a container.