Diarrhea with Almond Milk?

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CathyA
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   Posted 2/10/2013 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
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 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
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 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
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 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
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 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Red!

Tinlou
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   Posted 2/12/2013 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
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 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
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 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
P. S I. Also had the worst diarrhea ever with the Almond Milk along with the other symptoms
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Jumpshift
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   Posted 5/15/2013 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
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

NurseLisa
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   Posted 5/15/2013 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
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 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
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 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
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 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
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!

Wackers34
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   Posted 12/18/2013 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
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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Accidental Realtor
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   Posted 12/24/2013 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
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 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
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 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
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 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
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]
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