Three reasons why going dairy-free could benefit you

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Not so long ago, announcing that you’re going dairy-free might have raised an eyebrow. Back in 2014, just 3,300 people signed up for Veganuary, but this year an incredible 150,000 pledged to go vegan for the month. And new research from Blue Diamond Almonds shows that a fifth of UK adults are planning on trying a vegan or dairy-free diet for the first time this year.

1 You’ll feel better

There are lots of reasons to take a break from dairy, but none are more persuasive than feeling better. Lactose intolerance – and all of its unpleasant digestive symptoms – afflicts a huge number of us. Experts estimate that 65% of the world’s population have a reduced ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. If you’re one of them, milk alternatives with added nutrients, such as the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Nutri+ range, are a great non-dairy choice.

2 Your health can benefit

Losing animal fats like butter from your diet may help protect your health, as saturated fats from butter, cream, cheese and meat can raise your cholesterol and, in turn, your risk of heart disease. As soon as you go vegan, you’ll start including more cholesterol-lowering, heart-friendly foods in your diet, such as almonds and avocados.

3 It’s easy

The good news is that going dairy-free is simpler than it’s ever been. Almond drinks and milk alternatives have seen a recent surge in popularity and you’ll find them in every supermarket rather than having to scour health food shops. Choose one with added nutrients to ensure that you’re getting everything you need from your new diet without consuming animal products. The new Almond Breeze Nutri+ range from Blue Diamond, for example, is the first milk alternative to offer a choice of three different added nutrients. Choose Almond Breeze Nutri+ Protein, Almond Breeze Nutri+ Fibre or Almond Breeze Nutri+ Calcium to suit your diet and your lifestyle.

If you’re planning to embark on a dairy-free or vegan diet, there’s now more choice than ever before, with an influx of vegan restaurants and vast amounts of plant-based recipes available online. The Clean Supper Club, and influencers like Zanna Van Dijk and Madeleine Shaw, are all strong advocates for plant-based eating and have partnered with Blue Diamond Almonds to create recipes that offer inspiration for anyone looking to eat less meat or dairy, all of which can be found on the Blue Diamond website.

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We’re giving you the chance to celebrate your new lifestyle by giving away 10 wellness packages worth £200 each, courtesy of Blue Diamond Almonds. Each prize includes a VIP pass to London’s leading healthy lifestyle event Balance Festival, three classes at cutting-edge fitness centre Barry’s Bootcamp, plus a hamper packed with Blue Diamond goodies. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the question below…

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