Raw Almond Butter
Benefits of Raw Almond Butter
My favorite way of breaking my fast is with dates and raw almond butter. Actually this is my "breakfast" everyday!
I love the richness of the dates balanced out by the earthy flavor of the almonds. Plus, not only is the almond butter great for heart health because of lipid lowering properties, and rich in antioxidants, but it is also known to slow down the rise of blood sugar as well as the spike of insulin all while making you feel fuller longer.
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed significant improvement in the "choices" people made in their diet after introducing almonds as part of their daily food intake. Interestingly, this happened without any dietary counseling or suggestions on what they "should" eat. As shown in the table below, the subjects of the study unconsciously met most of dietary recommendation by this simple change.
Lots of reasons to add it to your daily diet!
- Mori, A. M., Considine, R. V., & Mattes, R. D. (2011). Acute and second-meal effects of almond form in impaired glucose tolerant adults: a randomized crossover trial. Nutr Metab (Lond), 8(1), 6. doi:10.1186/1743-7075-8-6
- Burns, A. M., Zitt, M. A., Rowe, C. C., Langkamp-Henken, B., Mai, V., Nieves, C., Jr., Dahl, W. J. (2016). Diet quality improves for parents and children when almonds are incorporated into their daily diet: a randomized, crossover study. Nutr Res, 36(1), 80-89. doi:10.1016/j.nutres.2015.11.004
- Jaceldo-Siegl, K., Sabate, J., Rajaram, S., & Fraser, G. E. (2004). Long-term almond supplementation without advice on food replacement induces favourable nutrient modifications to the habitual diets of free-living individuals. Br J Nutr, 92(3), 533-540.