Both the Smooth and the Crunchy varieties are made of 100% highest quality almonds – and nothing else. The nuts were lightly toasted and stone milled to a fine paste. They differ in texture only. While the Smooth contains just the paste of grounded almonds, the Crunchy is mixed with bits of broken nuts, adding highly palatable “crunchiness” to the taste. Each jar contains 170g.
In general, Almond Butter can be used wherever and whenever one would otherwise use peanut butter. It does have, though, a very distinct taste quite different from the peanut butter (for more about the differences between the two from the nutritional point of view see below). It is fabulous on its own, spread on freshly toasted bread. As the product is made of 100% almonds, without any additives whatsoever, you may wish to add a pinch of salt and/or some drops of honey, maple syrup or sugar to suit your taste.
Smooth Almond Butter is great for making Almond Drink. Just use one or two teaspoons in a glass of water and mix thoroughly with a hand mixer. It can be used as an ingredient in salad dressing or as an original dip (prepared like Tahini). Both varieties can be used to enhance stir fries and oriental dishes such as Thai chicken and Chicken Satay. For deserts and sweet treats, Almond Butter has a respectable range of uses as a main ingredient in baking cookies fudges or top up for ice creams. The use is really only bound by your imagination!
Wikipedia counts the following benefits: Almond Butter is high in monounsaturated fats, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. It’s considered a good source of riboflavin, phosphorus, and copper, and an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. Almond Butter also provides dietary protein.
Another online source counts 5 distinct benefits associated with Almond Butter:
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Lower blood pressure
- Control Blood Sugar
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Help with weight control
The table below shows the high level breakdown of nutritional elements in just one tablespoon (16g) of Almond Butter:
|Serving Size: 1 tbsp (16g or 0.6 oz)|
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
|Nutritional Data by SkipThePie.org|
Evidently, most of the calories (74 out of 98) are derived from the fat content. The good news is that the vast majority of that fat is of the GOOD variety! The chart below shows the proportion of good fats (green) in Almond Butter in relation to bad fats (in red). Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.
The chart below shows good fats in Nuts, almond butter, plain, without salt added in relation to bad fats. Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.
Polyunsaturated Fats: Polyunsaturated fat can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish, algae, leafy greens, and krill. Whole food sources are always best, as processing and heating may damage polyunsaturated fats.
Monounsaturated Fats: Foods containing monounsaturated fats reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, while possibly increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. [“You Can Control Your Cholesterol: A Guide to Low-Cholesterol Living”. Merck & Co. Inc.].
Trans Fatty Acids: The National Academy of Sciences has concluded there is no safe level of trans fat consumption. This is because any incremental increase in trans fat intake increases the risk of coronary heart disease. [Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). National Academies Press. p. 504].
Saturated Fats: Consumption of saturated fat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in the view of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand and the World Heart Federation.
Vitamins and Minerals
As noted above, Almond Butter contains high concentrations of vital vitamins and minerals. See details below, along with the percentage of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of each, provided by just one tablespoon of Almond Butter:
|Serving Size: 1 tbsp (16g or 0.6 oz)|
|*Daily Value not established for starred items.
~Data not available for tilde (~) items.
|Mineral Data by SkipThePie.org|
Compared to Peanut Butter, Almond Butter contains significantly more fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese and about half the saturated fat, although a slightly higher total fat content.
Nutural World Almond Butter is made in a peanut-free environment, and is thus is completely safe for those with peanut allergy. However, Nutural World produces other seed and nut based products, and while every effort is made to separate the production lines it cannot guarantee that the product is free of traces of other seeds and nuts.
Vegetarians, Vegans and the Manufacturing Process
Nutural World Almond Butter is made of 100% almond nuts and is thus suitable for vegetarian and vegans. The nuts are lightly roasted to enhance their taste and bring out their delicate aromas. The milling process uses traditional stone based mills and not high speed rotating blades to generate the most uniform paste and keep the temperature during the milling process to the lowest possible.
Dieting, Weight Loss and Almond Butter
It may come as a surprise, but Almond Butter is actually very ‘diet friendly’ for some types of diets. The table below shows how suitable is this food for each of the main dieting options:
|Diet or Weight Loss Program||Score out of 100
(higher is better)
|Higher Fiber, Low Fat Diet (e.g. Weight Watchers)||80|
|Athletic Diet – Low Fat, High Protein and Carbs||0|
|Low Fat Diet (e.g. Jenny Craig)||0|
|Low Carb Diet (e.g. Atkins Diet)||79|
|Low Cholesterol Diet||24|
|Low Sodium Diet||99|
|Low Glycemic Index Diet (e.g. South Beach Diet)||84|
|Low Protein Diet||66|
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