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May 19, 2010 5:47 AM
I just started drinking almond milk on Saturday and everyday like clockwork, as soon as I get done with my cereal, I get this horrible stomach pain and then I have to go the bathroom right away. I don't know why I haven't been able to remember this every morning before I pour it in my bowl... but this makes me sad. I LOVE the taste of almond milk but it's obviously not agreeing with me, right?

Anyone have an explanation or have this problem? Guess I need to go buy some 2%. *sigh* :\
May 19, 2010 5:52 AM
Have you changed anything else? When I've changed some dietary stuff, my body will take a little bit to settle into it. But my digestive system has always been finicky. I've generally thought that if it was something I JUST ate, it'll come up, not down. So if it's an up thing, I'd ditch the almond milk.

My body is really regular, so every morning same time, I'm heading in the same direction. Could be another explanation...
Edited by TropicalKitty On May 19, 2010 5:55 AM
May 19, 2010 5:54 AM
I don't think you should continue to take it if it bothers your stomach cry Maybe you should go find another brand it may not give you any pain at all bigsmile
May 19, 2010 5:57 AM
Almond milk is a great alternative to regular milk, but it is still thick and you may have a problem with the concentrated amount of almonds. I tried it, then tried rice milk...I didn't think I would like it, but my 4 yr old and I love it and it's all we drink now. It's much more mild, not thick and the they also have vanilla flavored. Let me know if it works for you also. Soy milk isn't bad either. I get the chocolate to conquer a craving.
May 19, 2010 6:07 AM
Boo! what a shame - did you check the expiration date on it?
My stomach is like that on soy - I simply cannot tolerate soy, I get the worst cramps and potty issues. Hope you find something that works for you.
May 19, 2010 6:08 AM
I just was reading May's issue of womens health magazine and they did an interview on Jillian from the biggest loser. she says to drink coconut milk. it is healthier than rice milk and has more calcium and vitamin D than regular dairy.

just a suggestion if your looking for other alternatives. I havnt tried this myself yet. but would like to..

May 19, 2010 6:15 AM
I decided to try Almond milk becasue I am lactose intolerant and the almond milk is also having the same effect on me. I do like it but may need to go back to Lactaid.
May 19, 2010 6:19 AM

I just was reading May's issue of womens health magazine and they did an interview on Jillian from the biggest loser. she says to drink coconut milk. it is healthier than rice milk and has more calcium and vitamin D than regular dairy.

just a suggestion if your looking for other alternatives. I havnt tried this myself yet. but would like to..


My dietician recommended the same - to add some good fats to my diet. I haven't tried it yet, since I usually just cook with it, not sure how I'd like a big old glass of thick coconut milk!!
May 19, 2010 6:24 AM
Coconut milk is Goooooooood!

I actually like hemp milk on my cereal. Tempt makes a good unsweetened vanilla.

If Almond milk is making you feel yucky afterwards, I'd just let it go. I'm really sorry too, because it is so good. Hopefully you can fall in love with another alternative. There are so many, so have fun experimenting.

FYI- if you buy from Whole Foods and decide you don't like it, you can return it. Makes the experimentation process a little less stressful.
May 19, 2010 7:16 AM
Thanks for all the tips, ladies!!! Mine is Silk brand and I just tried it out 'cause I'd heard so many great things about it. I love regular ol' cow milk and am not intolerant or allergic but was just wanting to try something new. :( I may try another brand ... maybe a smaller size!! ha
May 19, 2010 10:01 AM
That's how my stomach gets with regular milk.
When I was pregnant everyone kept pushing me to drink milk, especially whole milk, and I would just get the worst stomach pains and then I would be in and out of the bathroom for the next hour. It was awful. Now ... I eat cereal dry (when I do have cereal) and I try to find other ways to get my calcium in. Haven't tried the alternatives yet. Hubby doesn't like the extra high price. Lol.
February 21, 2012 11:02 AM
I just started making my own almond milk from scratch with my vitamix blender, and it is sooo super yummy!~!! but yes, it does have simillar milk side effects and i'm not sure why. me and my friend get some sort of stomach cramping after. it's not terrible , but i'm not used to having digestion problems with my mostly "raw" diet, so it's strange.

i wonder if it's because we let the almonds sprout for 12 hours first?
or we also "hypothesized" if we should blanch the almonds and remove the peel first---if this would change the digestion issues?

today, i had my fresh yummy almond milk blended in a smoothy and i didn't notice any side effects at all verses drinking it plain.

i find almond milk to be really rich and creamy, seems like it would be great for ice creams.
February 21, 2012 11:08 AM
I also concur about the coconut milk, it's the only non-milk substitute i can enjoy with cereal or what have you. rice milk is watery- enough to substitute, but agreed as i've read that it offers very little nutritional value .
February 21, 2012 11:10 AM
or it is. it is basically keeping you super regular. quite fast. cleaning you out good. what brand do u use/
January 20, 2013 3:13 PM
I,too, changed from skim milk to unsweetened almond milk about two weeks ago and have noticed some digestive distress. In just starting to look online, I see some people are thinking it might be the carrageenan rather than the almonds that cause it. This bears additional research.
August 9, 2013 5:07 PM
I realize your post was 3 yrs ago but for anyone landing here in 2013 because they have stomach problems, I'm one of them too. I make a smoothie of unsweetened Vanilla flavored Almond Milk with a banana and ice cubes. It's delicious but within 30 minutes my stomach is cramping and I'm running to the bathroom. I'm not allergic to almonds or bananas and the only new things I've introduced to my stomach is the milk. Soy Milk did the same thing which is the reason I switched to Almond Milk. I love having the lower calories and good taste but my stomach says "no way".

I don't have any alternatives to offer. Just wanted to share my experience, If the Rice milk is low cal and doesn't cost more than Silk or Almond, I may give it a try.

I enjoyed reading all the answers. Thank you.
August 9, 2013 5:10 PM
I use a pumpkin seed protein powder that I am trying to train my stomach to accept because it's the first protein powder I actually like instead of tolerate. But it causes terrible, hours long burning in my stomach. From what I've been able to tell, seeds can cause this due to the high concentration of fatty acids. (I don't have any trouble with pumpkin seeds themselves, but concentrated, even in small doses, it's not working out for me.) I would guess almond milk could have the same problem.
August 16, 2013 7:53 AM
I had similar experience with almond milk that I made from scratch. I would soak the almonds over night and then remove the skins before processing. My stomach couldn't handle it. But I don't want to give up on it. And keep wondering if there is something I can do to cut the effects. Maybe mix it with something else or blanch the almonds longer? Or is it hopeless?
I've tried the Almond Coconut milk but I am beginning to think it makes me nauseous. Hemp seems to be the most creamy and most neutral alternative for me. But for cereal I think I still prefer rice though it hardly has any nutritional value. I never thought of trying to make rice milk myself. All the store bought alternative milks have so many additives.
October 5, 2013 11:10 AM
I can not drink milk because it will give me a stomach ache but surprisingly I can tolerate all milk products like ice cream, cheese, sour cream etc. I have tried drinking soy, almond, and even RICE milk and they All upset my stomach pretty bad to where a few minutes later im running to the bathroom. I am allergic to gluten also. Have any of you that to this found a type of "milk" that you can tolerate?
March 21, 2014 6:35 PM
This exact thing happens to me!!! So glad I'm not alone!
March 30, 2014 11:47 AM
Here it is a year and a half later (from my last post on this topic), and I no longer have any stomach problems with the almond milk. So, for me, it was an issue for a few weeks only. I'm still using almond milk for cereal, coffee, tea, etc. Fun fact: If you use almond milk to make sugar-free/fat-free instant pudding, the mixture will not set up into pudding consistency. You'll basically have to drink the "pudding". My solution is to use dried fat-free milk, as I don't want to buy a whole half-gallon of cow's milk to make pudding...
July 22, 2014 10:40 AM
I had to give up almond milk, also, due to GI problems. I'm lactose sensitive and had switched to almond milk as a non-dairy alternative. I was having a cup of almond milk each morning with cereal and almond-milk smoothies about twice a week at the gym.

After a couple months of having almond milk daily, I started noticing GI problems were getting worse. I developed acid reflux, where I had horrible heart burn, followed by hours of projectile vomiting, and then dehydration. I went to urgent care, where they suspected a bladder infection (lab work was negative) and put me on antibiotics, twice.

I started thinking about what I had eaten just before getting sick - I could not believe it would be almond milk, but the last time I became ill was just after downing an almond milk smoothie. I've not had any almond milk in the last three months and my GI problems are completely gone.

I switched to Flax Milk, which I can find only at Whole Foods market.


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