The Amazing Almond
There may be no such thing as a perfect food, but almonds come in high on the super-food list. A top plant source for protein and vitamin E, each little almond also comes packed with fiber, calcium, iron, and other important nutrients. Your body needs fat to function and the monounsaturated fat found in almonds is the very best kind for your health. In fact, research studies suggest that almonds may help lower blood cholesterol, an important step in maintaining heart health. So adding almonds to your diet every day just might help keep the doctor away.
We created Almond Breeze® for people with lactose intolerance and have discovered that it's also a great milk alternative for people with other conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease and obesity. People without any health conditions drink it, too, because they love the taste and the nutritional benefits almonds provide.
The reasons many add Almond Breeze to their daily diets lie in what you will and won’t find in a carton of Almond Breeze.
Why Those Things Matter
Research is showing that adding almonds to your daily diet can help people with certain conditions enjoy healthier lives. Almonds and Almond Breeze also provide welcome alternatives to people who need to stay away from foods and food ingredients because of certain health conditions.
Lactose Intolerance – Whether mild or severe, the symptoms of lactose intolerance are no fun. We developed Almond Breeze to provide our lactose-intolerant customers with a creamy, tasty, calcium-enriched alternative to dairy milk and were delighted to discover others started drinking it because they love the taste!
Type 2 Diabetes – Almonds and unsweetened Almond Breeze fall low on the glycemic index, a scale used to measure the amount that carbohydrate-containing foods raise blood glucose levels within two hours. With less than three carbohydrate grams per serving, Almond Breeze Unsweetened shaves off nine to 10 grams per serving when used in place of nonfat milk.
In addition to eating almonds and drinking Almond Breeze, adding almonds to foods that are higher on the glycemic index can lessen the rise in blood glucose levels that food causes.
Heart Disease – In 2003, the FDA approved a qualified health claim that states "Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." A great deal of research has been done that shows almonds can help maintain and possibly lower cholesterol levels, an important factor in reducing heart-disease risk.
Weight Maintenance – Unsweetened Almond Breeze is a natural choice for the weight conscious. The combination of protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat found in almonds also has been shown to help people feel full, which tends to lower food consumption throughout the day.
Celiac Disease – Though many people with celiac disease can tolerate dairy milk, others may develop lactose intolerance over time. Either way, it's important to know that Almond Breeze contains no gluten, lactose or casein (a protein found in milk).