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Almonds are a satisfying, heart-healthy alternative to dairy.

Each Kite Hill food contains:

Unsaturated fats. Over half of the fat content in almonds is heart-healthy unsaturated fat, which has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol. While the exact mechanisms behind this effect are unknown, the consistent results across studies are significant. One study in particular by UC Davis showed that a diet that includes almonds reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides (fat molecules), while also increases HDL cholesterol (the “good” type).

Protein. Animal products are not the only foods high in protein; almonds have up to 6 grams per serving, which means they can help build healthy muscle just like dairy milk. Almonds are especially high in the amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown to improve the health of artery walls (making them less prone to blood clots) and improve the body’s ability to heal tissue. Other studies have found a correlation between increased L-arginine and lowered blood pressure, which decreases the risk of stroke.

Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E may help stop the development of arterial plaque, help prevent heart attacks, and could potentially help stave off the growth of cancerous cells. Almonds contain over 30% of the recommended daily value, which means that by eating almond-based foods, it is easier to reach the recommended daily allowance of the vitamin.

Potassium. This essential mineral helps to reduce blood pressure, effectively lowering the risk of a stroke. Other studies have shown a correlation between increased potassium intake and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. A single serving of almonds contains up to 7 times as much potassium as a glass of milk.

Phytosterols. Like all nuts and seeds, almonds are naturally high in plant sterols, which are thought to block the absorption of cholesterol, effectively lowering the body’s total cholesterol levels.

Kite Hill foods will never contain:

Lactose. Lactose is the sugar component of dairy milk. Typically, lactose tolerance decreases as we age, and most adults are unable to digest the sugar.

Casein. This protein exists in high numbers in dairy milk, and is a common allergen in children.