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Almond milk is a milky drink made from ground almonds. Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose. It can be used as a substitute for animal milk in many recipes, and is also completely vegan. Commercial almond milk products come in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors. They are often enriched with vitamins. It can also be made at home by combining ground almonds with water in a blender. Vanilla flavoring and sweeteners are often added. However, users should be cautious not to use bitter almonds, since the combination of bitter almonds and water releases cyanide.
For the weight conscious, unsweetened almond milk is lower in calories than cow's milk and soy milk.
Almond milk is an excellent nutritional source for those on special dietary constraints. The casein in dairy milk may cause allergies. Regular, unsweetened almond milk can replace dairy milk in most recipes. Almond milk is also used by those that are allergic to soy.