Diarrhea with Almond Milk?

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CathyA
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   Posted 2/10/2013 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't do well with milk, and I've been increasing my use of Almond Breeze lately and seem to have much more diarrhea now, and gas and rumbling.
I googled the problem, and it looks like lots of people get diarrhea from it. It has been mentioned that it might be the carrageenan in it. Have any of the rest of you had any problems with Almond Breeze?
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/10/2013 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Anything that has carrageenan in it causes me issues. Try Lactaid (with out the car) and see if you do okay with that.
SHERRY
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CathyA
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   Posted 2/10/2013 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sherry.
Do you mean take Lactaid and still drink the Almond milk, or take it and use it with milk?

Red_34
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   Posted 2/10/2013 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
No, stop the almond milk and replace it with Lactaid milk.
SHERRY
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/10/2013 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Or yeah, you can try the Lactaid caplets with regular milk too but I find it easier to just use the Lactaid milk.
SHERRY
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CathyA
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   Posted 2/11/2013 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Red!

Tinlou
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   Posted 2/12/2013 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't drink Almond milk either. It caused a lot of gas issues for me and it just didn't sit right. It is suppose to be so good for you so it stinks that some of us can't drink that either!

Kwaykwelee
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   Posted 5/11/2013 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah I tried Almond Milk for the first time couple day ago after I got bad stomach cramp I ended up having to lay down for an hour I got weak and shaky. At the time I didn't know it was the Almond Milk. Yesterday I had Almond Milk again with in 5 minutes after eating I started having the cramp and got nauseated laid down until it passed. I very surprised by the reaction no Almond Milk for me. I do have IBS I'm sharing because other might have the same reaction. It's real some of us can't tolerate certain foods.
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Kwaykwelee
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   Posted 5/11/2013 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
P. S I. Also had the worst diarrhea ever with the Almond Milk along with the other symptoms
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   Posted 5/15/2013 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting about Almond milk- I have a bad cut on leg and not healing well - dr says need to get some protein in me- suggested almond milk since no milk for me - 30 years - now scared to try it... Does anyone tolerate those protein shakes??
Advice to young people - I am 65 and dealt with IBS and UC all my life - more medicines than I can remember- The best solution- figure out your foods and STICK with them!!! When your stomach goes all haywire put a towel in dryer on highest section- after long and painful trip to potty- Lay on hot towel to calm spastic colon from eating wrong!!! Good luck

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   Posted 5/15/2013 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was in Walmart last night and walked by the cooler with Almond Milk and just thought about all of you and the side effects you had when u drank it! I just walked on by!
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Flor2013
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   Posted 9/5/2013 5:10 PM (GMT 0)   
I cannot tell you what a relief it was to see that almond milk has caused others problems with their ibs.  I have been racking my brain everyday trying to figure out what has been causing me long term problems. I am giving up almond milk starting today. I hope it works. Maybe I'll try rice milk (icky taste) but I'll deal with it if it helps my ibs. Thanks for your helpful posts. :)

Radon
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   Posted 9/12/2013 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I make a smoothie every morning with unsweetened almond milk, flaxseed, and various fruit. I haven't noticed my diarrhea getting any worse, but it's certainly not gotten any better. I did accidentally buy the original almond milk instead of unsweetened once, and felt pretty yucky after. It's got sweetener and other additives in it.
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ydecker86
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   Posted 12/18/2013 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank god I found this post. I've been drinking almond milk for a year now and I didn't have any issues with it, until 2 months ago. I would have my cereal with almond milk every morning and by the evening I would be in the bathroom with cramps and the runs. I couldn't believe it could have been the Almond milk so I continued using it and having the same issue. Then I decided to wait a few days and try it again and it happens again. So yesterday after not having almond milk for a month I decided to give it one more try, and that was the worse decision ever. So this morning as soon as I got to work I had to go to the bathroom. In less then an hour I have used the bathroom 3 times. I then decided on checking online to see if this was a issue, and I can see that it is. I am going to complain to the company and get my money back. I am so happy that I found out what the issue was, but I very upset with all the money I wasted!

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   Posted 12/18/2013 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
i just saw this post and wondered if the same applies to coconut milk? I have been having diorrehea recently and didnt think it could be nutty milks :o(
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   Posted 12/24/2013 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for taking the time to share your experiences. I had just gone on line to try and get answers for my suspicions on what could be causing my digestive problems. I now realize it has been the almond milk that's in so much of the food substitutes I've switched to recently after eliminating lactose from my diet. I also have been using Unsweetened Almond Breeze in so much of my daily foods (oatmeal, shakes, omelets)...you know, life at times can get tedious enough, without the need to willingly poison myself day in and day out. Thanks again folks...be well, and have safe and meaningful holidays.

Higgy2009
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   Posted 7/16/2014 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my God, thank you for this site, and all of you who have posted.  I recently switched over to Almond Milk and have been sick with diarrhea every day since.  mad I wasn't sure what was making me so sick, and have been doing a process of elimination.  I finally put my finger on it this morning that it could be the almond milk.  I'm giving it up today, and am hoping for a quick and speedy recovery.  turn  

CathyA
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   Posted 7/16/2014 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw this post and thought "Yes! I get diarrhea from it"........and then I realized it was my original post! haha
My body seems to be inconsistent with getting diarrhea from the original variety. But when I drink the chocolate one, it happens pretty consistently. I have IBS.......so I wasn't sure for awhile. I do really think it's the carrageenen in it. Wish they could find something else to replace that.
Good luck Higgy. I hope that's what's causing it and you can stop it.
I wonder if this happens to lots of people? I almost wish they'd put a warning label on it!

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   Posted 8/22/2014 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
xanthan gum is one of the main ingredients that is used as a thickner, its also been found to be a highly effective laxative.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8329363[url]

JBrennick
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   Posted 12/10/2014 2:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed as having IBS around ten years ago. 4 top of the line doctors, no solutions for me. Colonoscopy and endoscopy found nothing. Barium drink found nothing. Lactose intolerance tests inconclusive.

Anyway - on to milk. I don't drink milk as it gives me diarrhea. I tried Lactaid, which is supposed to be lactose-free, and it also gave me diarrhea. Then came Soy - same result. Finally, I hear about Almond milk and tried it and yep - same result.

I don't get diarrhea from the intake of all liquids - I can drink anything else no problem. So what is the link between these varieties of "milk"? Lactose. Lactose-free. Soy. Almond. Why should they all give me the same problem?

juststud
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   Posted 12/10/2014 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
if you want to drink milk, consume only raw goat or cow milk - and if you know a nursing mom, that's an option too - seriously !

you can always make your own nut milk - that way to don't get all the crap the manufacturers use to make it smooth, thick, and creamy - i.e., deadly to your digestive system !
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CathyA
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   Posted 12/18/2014 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm thinking it might be the carrageenan.

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   Posted 1/6/2015 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had I.B. my whole life. I am a C. Diff survivor and put a large post about myself when I began using these forums. My stomach was in quite bad shape after the C. Diff.

I use Almond Milk and I can also eat yogurt. I could not eat yogurt right after the infection. I am lactose intolerant still. Can't eat cheese or drink milk. Had some trouble with Lactose free milk.

I lived my whole life with bouts of diarrhea and just thought it was normal. Most of the time our Family had no health insurance. I have had improvements to my stomach but have had changes again in the past year. I now have trouble with constipation. Medication has contributed to much of my stomach problems.

I find my stomach works better with fiber intake. I think the Magnesium supplements I take have helped my stomach. Use Magnesium glycinate and at bedtime Magnesium Calm. It is good to know about people's reactions to Almond Milk. I did use Rice Dream at first. Not very tasty.

I need something with Calcium. I had been taking Calcium supplements for years. Was told to take 1,500 mg a day. Then it was cut down to 1,200 mg a day. Now I have been told to try to get calcium from food. I was told I could choose one calcium supplement or a multi-vitamin. I chose the multi-vitamin. It is hard to get calcium just from food.

I did last year stop using Omeprazole. I had been using it for years, along with NSAIDs. We were on a trip last spring and at the end I was feeling really not good - bad taste in my mouth the whole day. Before dinner I was able to vomit and knew it was my stomach. I was so sore for days.

Have managed to use my low dose of Naproxen by cutting it up and take at Breakfast and Dinner. I do have trouble with gas sometimes but I have improved since being off Omeprazole. When I get pain above my left breast and near the side of my body I am having stomach issues. Not sure why this happens. Am due for a Colonoscopy next year so will see. The first colonoscopy I had did not detect the C. Diff infection and neither did a CT Scan. I knew it was very deep inside me but could not get diagnosed with anything. Had Colitis with Rectal Bleeding. You so need your stomach to work well.

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Happychick
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   Posted 1/26/2015 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Which brand are you using? The Blue Diamond one has Carageenan in it and can causes intestinal inflammation and issues. The Alpro one is fine. Nevertheless, due to the taste, I have switched to Lactofree milk which is still dairy milk minus the lactose.
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AndrewGut
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   Posted 1/27/2015 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
woah. Is regular milk worse for you?
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