Dairy-Free and Carrageenan-Free Milks

We’ve cut out the nut milks because a lot of them contain carrageenan which has been getting quite a bad rep in the media. However, like the “soy” issue, I wanted to be sure of the facts, so I dug a little deeper… I eventually found what I believe to be a balanced review from Chris Kresser who concludes that while carrageenan probably isn’t as bad as we’ve been led to believe, there is still a question over its safe use. When in doubt, avoid…

“precautionary principle” – in the absence of proven safety, I choose to avoid foods that have questionable adverse effects. Carrageenan fits this description, as there’s still some doubt about its safety and no evidence has convinced me that there isn’t a potential for harm if consumed regularly. – Chriss Kresser

Which is pretty much the direction we’ve gone in. Although we don’t really need to go dairy-free, I’ve been looking for diary-free alternatives because Cacao should be consumed without dairy as dairy inhibits the absorption of the antioxidants from Cacao.

Dairy-Free, Carrageenan-Free Milk Alternatives

While you can make your own nut milk, or simply soak your nuts, rinse them and blend them into your smoothies, there are also some dairy-free milk alternatives you can opt for that are carrageenan free. Although Pure Harvest‘s nut milks contain carrageenan, it appears they do have a range of dairy-free milk that are also carrageenan-free: coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, and oat milk.

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Australia’s Own Organic also offers carrageenan-free milk varieties in almond/coconut, macadamia, and rice milk.

Carageenan-free

Alternatively, there are oat milk powders that also work. The ingredient labels on the Biogreen and Country Farm Organics oat milks check out okay.

Carrageenan-free

I’m sure there are others out there, and feel free to recommend them to us, but at least we know there are “healthier” alternatives available.

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