Why are people going nuts over almonds? Are they really the healthiest nut to con-sume? The almond industry has exploded in just the past few year and almonds are found everywhere from granola bars, butters, milks, yogurts to even ice cream. Almonds have become an enterprise and due to the growing demand and a limited supply, this hot commodity is feeling the heat of demand as rising costs burns a hole in our wallet.
Almond lovers swear this tasty tree nut has a natural sweetness, extra Omega 3’s, and a mild flavor that mixes in to any dish whether you are using it as a butter, a milk, or raw variety. But what does this nut have that others don’t? Although the almighty almond may be in the spotlight for now, it is not so superior to other nuts and although it remains in the limelight for now, due to the rising costs, high demand, and limited almond farms, other nuts and seeds will start sharing the shelf.
So what is on the horizon and what super seeds and nutritional nuts are next? If you have paid any attention to the grocery store aisles you will see the nut and seed selec-tion growing and even more variety of nut and seed butters emerging. Sunflower, chia, cashew, hazelnut, hemp, pumpkin, walnut, pistachio, sachi inchi, among others are working their way into center stage and fighting for the shelf space that the almond empire controls.
As a dietitian I think it is great to see this category expand and other nuts and seeds get the attention they deserve. All nuts and seeds fit into the “health” category because of concentrated amounts of nutrients such as healthy fats, powerful proteins and filling fibers to name a few. It is even more exciting to see the seed selection improve because of so many nut allergies seeds have become a perfect solution. On top of that, many seeds are a complete source of protein, meaning that they contain all 18 amino acids.
So eating seeds such as hemp and pumpkin seeds provide the same protein power as chicken or steak.
P.S. At Betsy’s Best we want to bring attention to the whole nut and seed category and proud to bring you a variety of what Nuts & Seeds TOGETHER can provide. From chia, peanut, sunflower, almond to now cashew, we continue to expand the Betsy’s Best line of delicious gourmet nut and seed butters and feel each nut and seed deserves it own limelight. Crafting each recipe so that taste and health always remain a priority we want to continue to deliver a unique experience with every bite. So continue to explore that nut and seed aisle and venture into a variety of flavors of the nut and seed world provide.