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What are the Health Benefits of Almond Butter?

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Almond butter is a delicious way to take advantage of numerous health benefits of almonds. Almonds are actually the seeds of a close relative to the peach. Crack the pits and inside you will find the almond. Almonds are at the peak of freshness during the summer months but are available year round. Almond butter is an excellent way to access the health benefits of almonds all year long.

Heart Health

Almond butter is also a great source of vitamin E, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorous. It is a great source of monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber which are essential for heart health.

You can reduce your risk for heart disease and lower your LDL-cholesterol buy introducing more monounsaturated fats into your diet. It may sound counter intuitive that consuming more fats could lower your risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol, but the same type of health promoting fats that are found in olive oil are also present in almonds. Substituting almonds in place of traditional fats provides the body with the beneficial antioxidant action of vitamin E that is responsible for making monounsaturated fats so healthful.

Almond butter is also rich in magnesium that relaxes the veins and arteries improving blood flow and the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Studies show that magnesium deficiency is also attributed to be a leading cause of heart attacks. 

The mineral potassium is a heart healthy electrolyte, key in combating cardiovascular disease. Its role is to improve nerve transmission and muscle contraction, two aspects that help to regulate blood pressure and heart function.

Weight Loss

An almond enriched low calorie diet may also help you lose weight more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. The addition of almonds to the diet has been found to lead to a slimmer waist line and lower body fat levels than those on a low calorie/high carbohydrate diet.

A protein powerhouse, almonds are one of the most nutritionally packed nuts. Almond butter provides a perfect way of incorporating them into your diet.

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