Why almond milk is basically a scam
Each half gallon carton contains very few actual almonds. Evidence shows there may be just over a handful.
While the amount of almonds in each brand of the beverage vary, an analysis of UK almond milk brand Alpro showed that nuts make up just 2% of the drink.Business Insider was told by spokesperson Carissa Sauer of the trade group Almond Board of California that "ingredient combinations are pretty similar" between UK and US almond milk products.
This leaves almond milk largely empty of the most beneficial part of almonds - protein.
Multiple almond growers and processors contacted by Business Insider declined to provide specifics on the ratio of almonds to other ingredients in their almond milk outside of saying the recipe is fairly standardized "across the board."
The producers referred me to the Almond Board of California (ABC), which was willing to speak but referred me back to the almond companies.
A simple comparison of nutritional values in single servings of almonds and almond milk provides some insight, however: