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.
Australia’s Own Organic also offers carrageenan-free milk varieties in almond/coconut, macadamia, and rice milk.
Alternatively, there are oat milk powders that also work. The ingredient labels on the Biogreen and Country Farm Organics oat milks check out okay.
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.