I stopped cold when I saw Califia Farms Almond Milk at Whole Foods yesterday. I’d tasted this brand at Timeless Coffee, a vegan coffee shop in Piedmont, California and it was the best almond milk I’d ever had.
Since taste and health don’t always go hand-in-hand, I read the ingredients. There were two: Filtered water and almonds. I couldn’t believe this. I’d never seen a brand of almond milk without other ingredients including some, like carrageenan, that I didn’t like putting into my body.
When I got home I excitedly told my husband about my find to which he asked, “How much was it?”
“Expensive”, I gingerly said. Then I argued that it tasted better than our usual brand, didn’t have any suspect ingredients and drove my case home with the emotional plea, “You can’t put a price tag on your health.”
My husband was unmoved and we were at odds about which milk to buy from now on when I sat down to write this post. My plan was to ask for your help with our decision (hoping, of course, that you’d side with me!).
When I looked at the Califia Farms Almond Milk bottle just now I noticed a sentence below the ingredient list that read, “Contains less than 2% of the following…” There were additional ingredients listed here, similar to ones I’d seen in other brands (even carrageenan).
Maybe there is a lower percentage of suspect ingredients in Califia Farms Almond Milk than other brands, I’m not sure. I don’t like how they were sneaky with the way they listed these ingredients, however. And knowing this, I can’t bring myself to spend more for this brand. If money were no object, I’d still choose them for taste. But money is an object, so c’est la vie.
Besides, Califia Farms uses plastic bottles and I don’t like that at all!
My buddy, Cowgirl, shared some important info about carrageenan in Califia Farms almond milk. Here’s what she said:
“I also was curious about their use of carrageenan and went to their web page and read their FAQs. Even though they use carrageenan that they feel is safe based on various sources, they again listened to their customers and are accelerating R&D to find a replacement ingredient. http://www.califiafarms.com/califia-farms-commits-to-replacing-carrageenan-in-all-products/ I thought that was kind of cool.” – Cowgirl