Almonds are technically a member of the prunus family, closely related to peaches and apricots. Technically a fruit and more easily digested than traditional nuts and seeds, almonds have the majority of their energy comprised of monounsaturated fat. This non-inflammatory and stable fat source makes almonds a great choice for improving lipid profiles and for reducing oxidative stress.
Additionally, there is a very small amount of naturally occurring sugar in almonds (typically less than one gram per two tablespoons of almonds) and approximately 5 grams of fermentable fiber. These qualities, along with the plant protein in almonds, make them an excellent choice for helping establish good blood sugar control and for preventing diabetes.
We use almond butter that is finely ground in Liquid Hope because it helps further with digestion. If possible, it is important to use whole almonds, with the skins, as they contain significantly greater antioxidant levels and are much more protective against cancer and inflammatory-mediated diseases. Much of this protection arises from the phytonutrient proanthocyanidin found in almond skins.
In addition to these qualities of almonds, they are great sources of biotin, potassium, vitamin E, and the trace minerals manganese and copper. Very nutrient dense and low in sugar or overall carbohydrates, almonds are a great cornerstone for an overall healthy diet.
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