Almonds are delicious in so many ways – you can munch on them raw or roasted for a healthy snack or add them to granola, sauces, baked goods, and more. They are even used in lotions and shampoos for their skin enhancing properties. But we think they’re just perfect as the base ingredient for our Gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butter.
Although we call them nuts, almonds are technically a seed harvested from the almond tree. These buttery, crunchy little droplets have been praised as a deliciously nutritious food for centuries. Almonds are associated with an array of health benefits including lowered LDL cholesterol and risk of heart disease, control of blood sugar levels, strengthened immune system, improved brain health, protection against cancer, aiding in weight loss and much more.
Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the many health benefits of the amazing almond.
Almonds are highly nutritious
Almonds are a rich source of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. They’re bursting with biotin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, phosphorus, fiber, and antioxidants.
Just 1/4 cup of almonds provides the following essential vitamins and minerals.
- 16 milligrams vitamin E (61 % RDV*)
- 0.4 milligrams riboflavin (44 % RDV)
- 0.8 milligrams manganese (44 % RDV)
- 97 milligrams magnesium (36 % RDV)
- 172 milligrams phosphorus (29 % RDV)
- 96 milligrams calcium (9.5 % RDV)
- 33 milligrams iron (4 % RDV)
*Recommended Daily Value
These delightfully delicious nuts also contain small amounts of potassium, arginine, and copper. Incredible!
Almonds are a good source of plant-based protein.
Like most nuts, almonds are low in carbs but high in healthy fats, protein and fiber. ¼ cup of almonds provides about 5 grams of 100% vegetarian, plant-based protein.
Protein-rich foods like almonds provide long-lasting energy that can reduce hunger and curb cravings late in the day. This means people who snack on almonds or almond butters can reduce their overall calorie intake, without sacrificing energy or flavor.
Almonds promote heart health
The monounsaturated fats, or “healthy” fats and antioxidants found in almonds have been proven to prevent many factors of cardiovascular disease. Almonds promote healthy hearts by preventing damage to arteries and warding off dangerous plaque buildup. Specifically, the flavonoids found in almond skins have anti-inflammatory effects and contribute to healthy arteries.
Almonds can help reduce cholesterol
Studies have found that eating almonds regularly helps to balance cholesterol levels. This teardrop shaped super food increases the high-density lipoproteins known as HDL, or “good cholesterol”, while reducing low-density lipoproteins or LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels. Reduction of LDL cholesterol is always a good thing, and if it can be done while eating delicious treats like our gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butter, all the better!
Why Betsy’s Best Uses Blue Diamond Roasted Almonds
Now can you see why we’re nuts for almonds?
If you know Betsy’s Best, you know we only use healthy, high-quality and all-natural ingredients. That’s why we use Blue Diamond Roasted Almonds in every jar of our gourmet almond butter. The almonds we use are Non-GMO Project Verified, which means you get pure almonds from sunny California – and nothing else!
Betsy’s Best Gourmet Seed and Nut Butters come in delicious flavors people love. What’s even better is, they’re all crafted from healthy and natural ingredients, so you can snack on this super yummy super-food, guilt-free.