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Almond Butter and its Health Benefits
If you try almond butter you might just fall in love!
Almond butter has the look and consistency of peanut butter but is a little darker (it looks like chocolate), and of course, it is made from almonds!
Almond butter is absolutely delicious and can be used in sandwiches with fruit, jelly, or just on its own. It can also be mixed into oatmeal, granola, flax meal, and even stir fry / stews.
In addition to the taste of almond butter, you may notice some interesting health benefits. eg. Like your nails became thicker, stronger and shinier. This is because almond butter is very high in vitamin E.
Here are the other benefits of natural almond butter and its vitamin E:
#1. Lowers cholesterol and prevents diabetes
#2. Contains heart healthy monounsaturated fats
#3. It makes a great "workout snack" for energy and protein.
#4. Contains good amounts of calcium, fiber, magnesium, folic acid and potassium
#5. Alleviates symptoms of BPH (enlarged prostate) in men.
#6. It makes you feel full for hours.
Plus it makes a great alternative to peanut butter when you need to pack a lunch (for your children) in a peanut-allergy conscientious environment. Many Toronto schools have banned peanut butter, so almond butter makes a great and healthy alternative.
However I want to point out that almond butter is not necessarily healthier than peanut butter. It simply has the health benefits of almonds, while peanut butter has all the health benefits of peanuts. They are both good for different reasons.
I recommend purchasing natural peanut and almond butters in order to avoid the hydrogenated oils many companies add to prevent the oil from separating. It just means you need to mix your butter with a knife and then stick it in the fridge, but once that is done it is no longer an issue.
Labels: Healthy Food
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