Traditionally speaking, dips have a reputation for being less than healthy, and snacks in general are hard pressed to be considered nutritious. The reality is the popularity of dips is not going anywhere, so we figured we might as well pack them full of benefits, purpose and power.
When creating Hummish, choosing Almonds over other options was an easy choice. They are dense in micronutrients, antioxidants, quality protein and healthy fats.
Almonds have a profound effect on body weight.
A 2003 study shows that consuming almonds, as opposed to other complex carbohydrates (chickpeas, potatoes, etc.), resulted in greater reductions in weight, waist circumference, fat mass, total body water, and systolic blood pressure¹. Another study in 2013 shows an increase in metabolism and reduced hunger when consuming almonds².
Almonds are powerful at reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research shows that consuming almonds lowers the total cholesterol and LDL, while still maintaining the levels of HDL, the good cholesterol³⁴. Almonds also help protect against plaque buildup in the artery walls⁵. As heart disease is the number one cause of death, almonds are a great ingredient to get into the daily diet.
So why whole almonds, skin intact?
A unique combination of bioavailable flavonoids in almond skin has been discovered to potentially act as an antioxidant, reducing the risk of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and cancer⁶.
Full of antioxidants, heart-healthy fats, and the ability to reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and weight gain, almonds are a powerful food. Of course, we chose almonds- with healthy and delicious in mind!