RE: nutrition question/ almond milk
Posted Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM
We just make sure to take a supplement with B12. Plus, nutritional yeast has B12 as well. So, I'm not all that concerned whether the almond milk is also fortified. We tried almond, rice, soy milks and decided we liked the almond best (I use unsweetened plain on my cereal, we use that or sweeetened vanilla variety for baking/cooking depending on the type of recipe). We really don't drink liquid milk of any kind - it's mostly an 'ingredient' for other things.
I did a quick look for carragenan info and found some places that said food grade isn't a problem (in general) and even digestion isn't enough to cause problems. Others said that it is bad totally and should be completely avoided. I guess it's one of those things that is still in a bit of a gray area. If you suspect it is causing you problems or you have a history/family history of gastrointestinal issues, then maybe it is wise to minimize use of it. Otherwise, it might not be all that horrible. As with anything, if it is a huge percentage of your daily intake, that's a different issue. For instance, I can handle small amounts of soy in products (soy based lecithin for example - and even then I try to limit how many of those products are in my day) but I can't tolerate something like tofurkey with the large amount of soy.