Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Pros and Cons of Almond Butter

Almond butter is fast becoming the more preferred substitute to commercially produced roasted nut butter products like peanut butter. This comes as no surprise as almond butter indeed has a better nutritional profile as its favorable fat content is more heart-healthy and it does not contain high amounts of salt as well. Almond butter tastes delectable and is very versatile, too, making it suitable to be eaten on its own or as an add-on ingredient in sauces, homemade baked items and even smoothies as well.

Almond butter undoubtedly has a lot to offer health-wise. However, reasonable consumption of this food product should still be considered for a number of reasons.

Read further and discover more about the pros and cons of almond butter and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this source of dietary fats.

Almond Butter’s Benefits:

Almond butter is, first and foremost, an ideal source of protein. Protein is crucial for tissue regeneration and repair. Eating protein through almond butter is especially good for athletes and sports enthusiasts as protein takes longer to digest and therefore provides a more steady source of energy during grueling trainings and workouts.

Almonds, the main ingredient in almond butter, have been found to be particularly helpful at preventing the development of cardiovascular diseases, too. According to a Pennsylvania State University study, the fats profile of this tree nut, which is low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat, along with its nutrients and phytosterols, all work together to reduce the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, otherwise known as the bad cholesterol, in the blood.

Regular almond consumption appears to positively affect insulin sensitivity and so individuals with prediabetes may benefit from including almond butter in their respective diets as well. Also, individuals looking to lose weight may be aided by eating almond butter as it has been found in a study that eating nuts, specifically an almond-enriched diet, helps in weight loss and management.

Almond Butter’s Risks:

Almonds belong to the handful of food items that have detectable amounts of oxalates. Though these compounds naturally exist in food, animals, and humans, too much concentration of oxalates in the human body  can cause physical maladies. It is for this reason individuals with kidney and gall bladder issues, and therefore have trouble breaking down oxalates, should consult their doctors prior to including almond butter in their respective diets.

Almonds, the primary ingredient in almond butter, are considered a type of tree nut. Tree nuts belong to the eight most common food allergens in the United States. Food allergens do not have to be eaten in considerable amounts or in their basest forms for allergic reactions to manifest. For instance, eating minute amounts of almonds from store-bought cookies, should you happen to be allergic to this tree nut, may already result in allergies. If you happen to be allergic to tree nuts, make sure to consult with your doctor first to ensure that including almond butter in your diet won’t cause severe health problems later on.

Almond Butter Practical Uses:

Almond butter tastes delectable on its own. However, you can still enrich its flavor by adding organic cocoa powder and raw pollinated honey so as to have your very own chocolate-almond butter spread made right at home using ingredients that don’t contain chemical preservatives and additives.

Almond butter can be added to your usual smoothies as well. Fruit smoothies with fruits like strawberries, bananas, and berries with almond butter are, for instance, perfect morning tonic drinks. You can also add a teaspoon of almond butter to your protein shakes for an ever more potent energy boosting drink.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of palm oil and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this dietary source of fats.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

Eat:

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