Just What's In That 'Healthy' Dairy Free Alternative? By Rude Health
The number of health foods and stores popping up left right and centre these days is remarkable. Healthy food finally seems to be both available and desirable - brilliant! But are all these heavily marketed healthy foods quite what they claim to be? Despite their widespread availability, there is still no real understanding of what makes food healthy and who we can trust to make genuinely good, thoroughly nutritious food that contains no added nasties. Shopping trips still involve endless turning around the packets to inspect the ingredients list – with good reason. Many producers are still fortifying, over-processing and messing with food to make it taste appealingly sweet, look cosmetically perfect and still be relatively cheap.
At Rude Health
we were shocked by the the ingredients used in dairy-free drinks. Choosing a dairy alternative drink is a conscious choice, offering a alternative for those with allergies or something for those simply looking for a more healthier number for the fridge. It would therefore be reasonable to expect dairy-free drinks to be made from healthy ingredients - yes? No! The shelves are swamped with ‘healthy’ plant based milks that contain carrageenan, flavourings, fructose, emulsifiers, and are fortified with vitamins and calcium carbonate. These ingredients and additives are not things you would have heard of, let alone find in your own kitchen cupboard. They are not natural, or healthy, but as we become more interested in health as a nation, they are selling in greater & greater quantities. It seems we’ve been blinded by the health claims and we aren’t looking carefully enough at what’s in them.
In a perfect world, we would all make all our food ourselves all the time, but we have lives to live outside the kitchen and expect to be able to buy healthy food when we don’t have time to make it. Buying a dairy alternative, a snack bar, or a granola on the go shouldn’t mean you have to lower your standards in terms of the quality of food and ingredients. As consumers we shouldn’t expect anything less than what we would use to make our own nut drinks, energy bars and granola. That’s what we think. An almond
drink can actually simply be made up of a blend of naturally sweet and silky rice, rich organic roasted almonds, spring water, a consciously small amount of cold pressed sunflower oil and a pinch of salt. It’s simple; a blend of ingredients that we recognise. Natural and clean is better.
So this is our advice, and it’s easy enough to apply to anything and everything you pick and choose to buy. If you don’t understand the ingredients, don’t buy it!
If I learnt anything from my degree it was the law of supply and demand; if we demand better food, the food on the shelves will get better, and better, and better, until it’s brilliant. As we say at Rude Health, Eat right, stay brilliant. Here’s to a brilliant food revolution!