by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Toasted or roasted almond butter is a very fine food. Please include some in your diet every day. It does not have to be costly and it is quite tasty. This article answers some questions about almond butter.
Why almond butter? Almond butter contains a compound of selenium that is difficult to obtain from any other food. This is the main reason it is recommended as part of every nutritional balancing program.
Almond butter is also a good source of protein, and has a healthful oil in it. It is also a source of a number of minerals and vitamins.
Why eat the butter, and not just almonds. The reason is that all nuts are slightly difficult to digest and require a lot of chewing. When made into nut butter, almonds are easier to digest and less chewing is required.
How much to eat. Eat between 4 and 10 tablespoons per week. Do not eat more because almond butter is a somewhat yin food. Almonds are nuts, and all nuts are somewhat yin.
Why roast it? Toasting or roasting the almonds makes almond butter more yang, which is helpful, even though it may damage some of the nutrients in the almond butter. Do not eat raw almonds or raw almond butter.
How to eat almond butter. The simplest way is to put some on a spoon and eat it plain. However, if you prefer, spread it over your cooked vegetables and use it as a topping. Ideally, do not dilute it with water or anything else. Also, it is best to eat protein before you eat other foods, so eat your almond butter first and then eat your other foods.
Must it be organically grown? No. this is not necessary to obtain most of the benefits, although organically grown is a little better.
Cost. If cost is a concern, you do not need to buy organic almond butter. The regular type will work. Some stores make it fresh, and this is usually the freshest and the least expensive way to buy it.
Freshness. When you buy almond butter, ideally check the expiration date on the jar. Fresher is best, if you have a choice. You cannot judge just by whether there is some oil floating on top of the almond butter. This is normal if the jar is over one month old or older.
Handling almond butter. Always store almond butter in the refrigerator to keep it fresh longer.
What to do about the oil on the top? If you buy a jar of almond butter and the oil has settled on top, use a clean knife to mix the oil back into the almond butter. DonŐt pour off the oil.
Once you have mixed the oil back into the almond butter, then put the jar in the refrigerator and the oil will stay mixed into the butter.