Additionally, store bought almond milk contains some dangerous additives such as Vitamin A Palmitate. Vitamin A Palmitate is a synthetic version of Vitamin A. Retinyl palmitate can cause potentially hazardous side effects. According to the Cosmetics Database, potential side effects include cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, violations, restrictions and warnings, cellular level changes, and organ system toxicity. Retinyl palmitate has been shown to produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death, and it may be implicated in cardiovascular disease. The Organic Consumers Association warns that our bodies do not recognize and metabolize synthetic vitamins properly.
Fortunately, making your own almond milk is quick and easy.
How to Make Fresh Almond Milk
1. Soak the almonds overnight or up to 2 days.
2. Drain and rinse the almonds. Put the water and almonds in a blender. Blend until smooth.
3. Strain the mixture through several layers of cheesecloth.
4. Stir in the vanilla extract, if desired.
5. Store the almond milk in sealed containers in the fridge for up to two days.