#FoodLabelFriday: Chocolate Almond Milk

Lately I have been loving a glass of chocolate milk as a nice sweet snack!  Since I am lactose intolerant I have been trying different chocolate almond and soy milks.  I also recently realized how amazingly tasty chocolate almond milk is in coffee!  As a result of my current affinity for chocolate non-dairy milk, this #FoodLabelFriday I will be comparing two brands of chocolate almond milk.

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Blue Diamond Almond Breeze                             Silk Almond
Serving Size: 1 cup                                                 Serving Size: 1 cup
120 calories                                                            100 calories
3g fat, 22g carb, 20g sugar, 1g protein                   2.5g fat, 19g carb, 17g sugar, 1g protein
12 ingredients                                                         8 ingredients

At first glance, Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Almondmilk seems to be winning.  Silk is lower in calories, fat, carbohydrates and sugar, plus it has 4 less ingredients compared to Almond Breeze.

So far so good, but now lets look at the ingredients…

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate Milk:
Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), evaporated cane juice, cocoa (dutch process), calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E)

Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Almondmilk:
1 cup provides 100 calories, 2.5g fat, 19g carbohydrates, 17g sugar and 1g protein
8 ingredients
Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), cane sugar, cocoa (dutch process), sea salt, natural flavor, locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum

Both almondmilks have the same first three ingredients, with a sweetener as the second ingredient.  The main ingredient that jumped out to me was the carrageenan in the Almond Breeze.  In a previous post, titled Is a Food Additive Destroying your Gut?, I discuss why I avoid carrageenan whenever possible since it can be destructive to the digestive system.  Whenever there is a non-carrageenan alternative, I go with it!

I deem Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Almondmilk the winner!

Side Note… I do have to admit that my choice would change if I threw an unsweetened almondmilk into the mix.  It would not be fair to compare unsweetened almondmilks for Silk and Blue Diamond since Silk does not have an unsweetened chocolate almondmilk.  However, Silk does have unsweetened vanilla and original almondmilks.

p-shelf-chocolate-unsweetened_20150723Unsweetened almondmilk would not be as sweet, but you are saving on calories.  Ultimately, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate Milk would be the winner.  A 1 cup serving provides 40 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g carbohydrate, 0g sugar and 2g protein.  There are 11 ingredients, but no added sweeteners!   Blue Diamond Almond Breeze’s unsweetened variation has almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), calcium carbonate, cocoa (dutch process), sea salt, potassium citrate, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2 and d-alpha-tocopherol (natural vitamin E) as ingredients.  There is nothing too alarming in the ingredient list… especially without the carrageenan!  With 60 less calories, 17 less grams of carbohydrates, 17 less grams of sugar and 1 more gram of protein, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Chocolate Milk is a winner!

 

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