Slide on over Peanut Butter! Almond butter has emerged as the healthier alternative to spreads. Almond butter has become a desired source for the growing number of people who seek new health food, as well as those that have peanut allergies. You can enjoy almond butter on celery sticks, toast, or for use in baking.
Peanut allergies affect more than 3 million people in the U.S. including millions of children. Almond Butter offers a great alternative as a sandwich spread, on veggies, or rice and corn cakes. (According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Allergies, allergies of children have doubled in the past two decades.)
Benefits of Almond Butter:
- Contains less calories and saturated fat, and more fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin E and magnesium than traditional peanut butter (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).
- It’s good for the heart! Almond butter helps to protect your heart as it is high in monounsaturated fats, which help reduce levels of cholesterol and help play a role in the reduction in heart disease risk. It’s also packed with highly concentrated essential minerals like manganese and copper, and is also rich in calcium, iron and magnesium.
- Packed with protein. Almond butter is an excellent protein source derived from almonds. Almonds are high in protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats. Did you know one quarter-cup of almonds alone contains 7.62 grams of protein? That’s more protein provided than an egg (only 5.54 grams).
- Antioxidant rich. Oxidative stress has become a common problem in today’s society. Free radicals that do cellular damage to your body are present everywhere. It is important for our body to have proper intake of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and flavonoids. And these are fortunately found in almond butter. So yes, almond butter, can help to protect cells from oxidative stress. This is good news for your skin too!