Disease Proof

Going Nuts!

Personally, I’m beyond nuts—probably certifiable at this point—anyway, MSN Health & Fitness tells us why nuts are great for our health. Take a look:

Almonds: A June 2006 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed an ounce of almonds provides as many flavonoids—compounds that fight free radicals and reduce inflammation—as a 1⁄2-cup serving of broccoli or a cup of green tea.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat linked with reduced risk of heart disease, improved glucose control and, most recently, stronger bones. In a study of 23 overweight people published earlier this year in Nutrition Journal, increasing intake of ALA via walnuts and flaxseed oil decreased the rate of bone breakdown.

Pecans: Last year in Nutrition Research, researchers from Loma Linda University reported that pecans contribute significant amounts of gamma-tocopherol, the major form of vitamin E in U.S. diets. Pecans also provide notable amounts of zinc, a mineral most often found in animal-based foods.

Pistachios: Research presented earlier this year at an Experimental Biology conference suggests that lutein, an antioxidant in pistachios, helps protect "bad" LDL cholesterol from oxidization by free radicals. Oxidized LDL contributes to the development of plaque in arteries.
Fantastic! All four of these are delicious. Now, We Like it Raw passes along this awesome video. Here’s how to make your own nut milk. Enjoy:

I’m a big fan of nut milk. My favorite is almond milk. In fact, here’s the one that’s in my refrigerator right now. Check it out:

Here’s the official write-up about Almond Breeze:
Almond Breeze is a non-dairy beverage made from real almonds, all natural, smooth and creamy with a hint of almonds. Almond Breeze is a great tasting non-dairy beverage without the thin, chalky after taste of rice and soy beverages.

Almond Breeze won the 2004 Best Taste Award from the prestigious American Culinary Institute (ACI). ACI is an independent, chef based judging organization.

Enjoy Almond Breeze chilled by the glass and on your cereal. You will love how it froths in coffee drinks, enhances fruit smoothies, and blends cup for cup in your favorite recipes.
  • Gluten, cholesterol and lactose free
  • Excellent source of calcium, vitamins D & E
  • Good source of vitamin A
  • A refreshing alternative to soy and rice non-dairy beverages
Do any of you drink almond milk? Ever try this one?
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islandveggie - March 20, 2008 10:59 AM

Almond milk is my favorite. I use it instead of water to cook my morning oats. It makes them wonderfully sweet and tasty!

Lilly - March 20, 2008 11:30 AM

Almond Breeze is definitely my favourite. I only buy that & Silk Vanilla soy milk...those two taste the best to me.

And I absolutely LOVE nuts...I never met a nut I didn't like ;) haha...

Gerry Pugliese - March 20, 2008 11:45 AM

Hey Lilly-

Silk is tasty, but I don't drink it all that often, the cane juice--EEK!


Lilly - March 20, 2008 5:49 PM

Gerry, I don't really *drink the stuff...I only use it for a protein boost in my fruit smoothie breakfast. :) I find if I have just a little protein in the morning, I'm not hungry for ages.

What the heck is cane juice?? lol

Gerry Pugliese - March 20, 2008 8:21 PM

Hey Lilly-

No worries, I used to drink it fairly regularly until someone in Dr. Fuhrman's brought the cane juice to my attention:


Now I just have it as a treat. Sometimes I even buy the sweetened chocolate almond milk.


Llouise - March 21, 2008 11:41 AM

Mmmm, I love pistachios!

Haven't tried Almond Breeze in years, but I thought it was okay. I didn't buy it but a few times. Not a big 'milk person.
Soaked nuts and seeds are so great for creamy dressings and sauces. :)

Gerry Pugliese - March 21, 2008 1:16 PM

Hey Llouise-

Of course you like pistachios, we all know you're nuts! :)


Lilly - March 21, 2008 7:48 PM

Oh, *that cane juice...they have "juicers" like that (in the wiki pic w/the big "wheels") in NYC during the Brazilian Day Festival. (I'm 1/2 Brazilian...we love sweet stuff) It will be held on August 31st this year - on 6th Avenue from 42nd - 56th Street
& on 46th St. from Madison - 7th Avenue, if you're interested in going. :) I hope to be back in NYC by then.

Gerry Pugliese - March 21, 2008 8:59 PM

Hey Lilly-

Depends...are you single. :)

Here's a hot tip. I might be planning a DiseaseProof NYC shindig over the summer.


Jayson - March 23, 2008 12:07 PM

Without reading this article we just got the sweetened chocolate almond milk. Quite tasty, and we use it for smoothies, baking etc.

Whats this about a Disease Proof NYC "shindig" ? And how do we get a Springfield MO shindig, mixer or box social ! lol


MedLady - April 10, 2008 4:12 AM

I mostly eat pistachios and walnuts, but almond milk...hmm..never tried it. But if they are so good for the health I guess I could try them :)

Chuck Rice - June 6, 2011 4:28 PM

There are many reasons why I gave up cows milk. Two of them are the manufacturing process itself...pasteurization and homogenization. The first kills off much of the nutritional value, while also killing the bad stuff, and the 2nd leads to arterial scarring (heart disease). I was hoping that since almonds aren't from a living animal that almond milk would not be pasteurized or homogenized. But in writing to the manufacturers (Blue Diamond and the Silk brand). They both use pasteurization (google California almond law) and at least Blue Diamond also uses homogenization (google the negative effect of that). As much as I'd like to drink almond milk I'm just not sure if there is any health benefit to it. In fact, I'm wondering if its even bad because of the homogenization. If someone knows more of the science here I'd like to know. Making your own almond milk doesn't fix the pasteurization problem because the almonds themselves are pasteurized (by ill-conceived law) unless you buy direct from a farmer or buy expensive imported almonds.

Edward Eickhoff - June 29, 2011 12:53 PM

I like your product. When I first purchased it the price was reasonable. Now the ptice had doubled in the past couple of months. I will not purchase at this price.

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