Silk Almond Milk Ingredients and Facts

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Silk Almond Milk Ingredients and Facts
You can use almond milk as you do dairy milk. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

For people who are lactose-intolerant, dairy-free, vegan or health conscious, almond milk is an alternative to milk from cows. Silk, distributed by WhiteWave Foods, makes almond milk as well as soy and coconut milk. Silk's Pure Almond Milk comes in four flavours: Original, Unsweetened, Vanilla and Dark Chocolate, and is available at most grocery stores.

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Ingredients

Silk Almond Milk Original Flavor contains all-natural almond milk, which is filtered water and almonds. Other ingredients include all-natural evaporated cane juice, calcium carbonate, sea salt, locust bean gum, gellan gum, sunflower lecithin, d-alpha-Tocopherol (natural vitamin E, zinc gluconate, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin), B-2, B-12 and D-2. Flavourings such as vanilla and cocoa are added to Vanilla and Dark Chocolate almond milk flavours, respectively.

Nutritional Facts: Original and Unsweetened

In 1 cup of Silk Almond Milk Original Flavor are 60 calories, 2.5g total fat, 1g dietary fibre, 7g sugar, 1g protein, 10 per cent vitamin A, 50 per cent vitamin B-12, 25 per cent vitamin D, 50 per cent vitamin E, 45 per cent calcium, 2 per cent copper, 4 per cent iron, 4 per cent magnesium, 4 per cent manganese, 25 per cent riboflavin and 10 per cent zinc, based on the daily value of a 2,000 calorie diet. No saturated or trans fat, 0.5g polyunsaturated fat, 1.5g monounsaturated fat, no cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 60 mg potassium, 8g carbohydrates is in the Original flavour.

Silk Almond Milk Unsweetened Flavor contains 35 calories, 2.5g total fat, 1g dietary fibre, 1g protein, 10 per cent vitamin A, 50 per cent vitamin B-12, 25 per cent vitamin D, 50 per cent vitamin E, 45 per cent calcium, 2 per cent copper, 4 per cent iron, 4 per cent magnesium, 4 per cent manganese, 25 per cent riboflavin and 10 per cent zinc. The Unsweetened flavour has no saturated or trans fat, 0.5g polyunsaturated fat, 1.5g monounsaturated fat, no cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 60 mg potassium, 1g carbohydrates, and no sugar.

Nutritional Facts: Vanilla and Dark Chocolate

A serving size of 1 cup Silk Almond Milk Vanilla Flavor has no saturated or trans fat and 0.5g polyunsaturated fat and 1.5g monounsaturated fat, no cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 60 mg potassium, 16g carbohydrates. It contains 90 calories, 2.5g total fat, 1g dietary fibre and 15g sugar, 1g protein, 10 per cent vitamin A, 50 per cent vitamin B-12, 25 per cent vitamin D, 50 per cent vitamin E, 45 per cent calcium, 2 per cent copper, 4 per cent iron, 4 per cent magnesium, 4 per cent manganese, 25 per cent riboflavin and 10 per cent zinc.

Silk Almond Milk Dark Chocolate Flavor contains 120 calories, 3g total fat -- no saturated or trans fat and 0.5g polyunsaturated fat and 1.5g monounsaturated fat, no cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 122 mg potassium, 23g carbohydrates -- 1g dietary fibre and 22g sugar, 1g protein, 10 per cent vitamin A, 50 per cent vitamin B-12, 35 per cent vitamin C, 25 per cent vitamin D, 50 per cent vitamin E, 45 per cent calcium, 2 per cent copper, 4 per cent iron, 4 per cent magnesium, 4 per cent manganese, 25 per cent riboflavin and 10 per cent zinc.

Benefits

Almonds are packed with antioxidants and are recommended for a healthy diet, according to Silk's Almond Milk site. You can use almond milk in recipes as a replacement for dairy milk as well. Compared to 1 per cent dairy milk, Silk Almond Milk has 40 less calories, 15 per cent more calcium, 50 per cent more antioxidant vitamin E, 1.5g less saturated fat, 10 mg less cholesterol, 6g less sugar and the same amount of vitamin D, according to the Silk Almond Milk Original Flavor packaging and the USDA National Nutrient Database.

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