Almond Breeze Is Being Sued for Containing Almost No Almonds
It might be time to start drinking regular milk again because if you drink Almond Breeze, you're probably just drinking creamy water made with only two percent almond and mostly seaweed-based fillers.
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Think about it, do you honestly prefer the flavor of almond milk to luscious full-fat milk?
If your answer is yes and you are not lactose intolerant, then your palate probably sucks because it turns out that what you're pouring all over your cereal and adding to coffee is probably just creamy water thickened with a bunch of seaweed-derived fillers.
At least if you're drinking Almond Breeze you are, which probably is the case since it happens to be the leading ready-to-drink almond milk in the US. Apparently, their UK website disclosed the fact that each carton of Almond Breeze almond milk only contains two percent of actual almonds and that made for a whole lot of really pissed off vegans and lactose intolerant posers, who probably dish out anywhere from $3-$5 for 32 fluid ounces of the stuff during every single grocery trip.
Now, Almond Breeze is being sued for false advertising. Specifically, for "[deceiving] customers into thinking that they're buying a product made from almonds," according to a report on the lawsuit by Time published yesterday.
The lawsuit's plaintiffs, Tracy Albert and Dimitrios Malaxianis, are arguing that "upon an extensive review of the recipes for almond milk on the internet, the vast majority of the recipes call for one part almost and three or four parts water, amounting to 25-33% of almonds."
Curiously, Albert and Malaxianis didn't set any desired almond-to-water ratios for Almond Breeze to conform to in their lawsuit, but if you've ever attempted to make almond milk from scratch at home using 100 percent almonds—you know that it takes way more than just that two percent amount of almonds to produce even a cup of almond milk. And while we won't preach too much about how easy and significantly better-tasting homemade almond milk is, we can assure you that it is worth giving it a shot on a weekend sometime and not have your daily creamy needs dependent on some company's shady ways.
Or you can just drink some of the more expensive top-shelf almond milks available now from smaller brands where you can actually see some kind of residue at the bottom of their bottles. These are claimed to be made with less water and more almonds.
Of course, this lawsuit also marks the perfect moment for you to justify going back to using organic milk in your morning cup of joe again, and revel in your perfect, cream-colored goodness, instead of that muddy, dark brown, watery color that almond milk gives to your coffee.