Turns out almonds don’t actually produce milk.
A recent lawsuit, filed July 14th in New York, criticizes Blue Diamond Almond Breeze for false advertisement. According to FoodNavigator-USA, Almond Breeze does not list the percentage amount of almonds in its milk. Although, in the U.K., the Almond Breeze website states that almonds only account for 2 percent of the product.
Thrillist reports additives make up most of the milk. Instead of almonds, the popular vegan and paleo drink is made up of water, sugar, carrageenan, and sunflower lecithin.
Time finds that the lawsuit “doesn’t specify what percentage the average customer would deem acceptable for purchase, but it does say ‘upon an extensive review of the recipes for almond milk on the internet, the vast majority of the recipes call for one part almonds and three or four parts water, amounting to 25-33% of almonds.’”
At the end of the lawsuit, plaintiffs hope to receive $5 million for Blue Diamond’s misleading packaging.
Blue Diamond was under fire in the U.K. three years ago for the same issue. The company states that the small almond content is from the large amount of water that’s needed to make the milk.
When will Rhonda realize that when I say I want milk, I mean I want real milk. Not this skim lactose free or almond breeze bullshit. Real 2%
— Jay Radsby (@doug_hervey) August 22, 2013
Although almond milk has grown in popularity, the issue has only validated the fact that there might not be anything that can beat a cold glass of cow’s milk.