Earth Balance Natural Creamy Almond Butter and Flaxseed - 16 oz. (453g)
Earth Balance's Creamy Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed is positively dense with nutrients and full of flavor. Earth Balance's Creamy Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed is the perfect start for Earth Balance's tempting, no-stir almond butter. With Earth Balance's Creamy Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed, you get all the benefits of fresh-ground almonds, natural, expeller-pressed oils and ALA Omega-3-rich flaxseed before Earth Balance rounds it all out with a touch of naturally sweet agave.
Earth Balance's Creamy Natural Almond Butter and Flaxseed:
- Expeller-Pressed Oils
- Sweetened with Agave
- ALA Omega-3s
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- 100% Natural
- 0g Trans Fat
Why isn't Earth Balance Buttery Spread just called “margarine?”
For some really important reasons. Earth Balance Buttery Spreads don't contain any hydrogenated or interesterified oils, preservatives or emulsifiers found in most margarines and other butter alternatives. Their Buttery Spread is a natural option with 0g of trans fat and award-winning flavor. It's beyond margarine-it's something better.
What is the difference between Earth Balance and Smart Balance spreads?
Earth Balance spreads are made with all-natural ingredients. While their spreads contain the same patented blend of oils as Smart Balance spreads, they're also made with only natural expeller-pressed oils. Earth Balance spreads also never contain GMOs, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors or emulsifiers. Plus, all of their products are vegan and gluten-free.
What's the difference between all of your buttery spreads?
Let's start with what they all have in common: All of their buttery spreads contain a patented blend of expeller-pressed, non-GMO oils. All of them are vegan, gluten-free and contain 0g of trans fat. But there are a lot of uses for butter alternatives, so they set out to make products that work for all of them.
Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread is the most versatile of all their products. You can spread, cook, bake, sauté, and basically use it any way you would regular butter.
Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread is made with certified organic oils and whipped to improve spreadability, even right out of the fridge.
Earth Balance Buttery Spread with Olive Oil is also whipped for easy spreading, but they swapped canola oil with olive oil for a hint of the savory flavor and goodness of extra virgin olive oil.
Earth Balance Soy Garden Buttery Spread contains olive oil as well, and has the additional benefit of ground soy beans to destabilize the emulsion and enhance flavor release. It contains no canola oil.
Earth Balance Soy Free Spread does not contain soybean oil, and instead contains a blend of palm fruit oil, canola oil, safflower oil and olive oil.
Can I cook with all of these spreads, or are some better than others for certain things?
You can cook with all of their spreads, but when it comes to baking, some are better than others. For example, because the whipping process adds volume, Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread and Earth Balance Buttery Spread with Olive Oil will not measure precisely. Instead, they recommend Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread, Earth Balance Soy Garden Buttery Spread or Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks for baking.
How is the Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread different from other Earth Balance spreads?
Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread is one of a kind. This product offers a convenient alternative to coconut oil, and is vegan and soy-free. Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread is based on the same formula as Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread, but it replaces soybean oil with extra virgin organic coconut oil. Great on toast, steamed veggies or as an ingredient in cooking and baking recipes, this innovative product is non-GMO, and will quickly become a staple in any plant-based diet.
If Earth Balance spreads aren't hydrogenated, how do they stay stable at room temperature?
Their patented oil blends are careful combinations of palm fruit, soy, canola, and olive oils. So not only are Earth Balance Spreads nutritionally beneficial in many respects when compared to butter and most margarines, but they are also naturally stable at room temperature. That means they don't have to resort to unnatural or unhealthy processes like hydrogenation or interesterification to give their spreads their buttery consistency.
What's the story behind the proprietary blend of expeller-pressed oils in Earth Balance spreads?
In 1996, GFA Brands, Inc., the owner of the Earth Balance brand, licensed the patented blends of vegetable oils developed by Brandeis University. Research at Brandeis has shown that consumption of these oil blends, combined with a sensible, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and exercise, can help reduce the “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase the “good” HDL cholesterol, thereby improving your overall cholesterol ratio.* This is one thing that sets Earth Balance spreads apart. Not only do they avoid hydrogenated oils, trans fats and other chemical modifications, their formula has been proven to actually help improve your cholesterol ratio.* Another thing that makes us special is that award-winning Earth Balance flavor, but they're pretty sure you already knew about that part.
*When 2/3 of fat intake comes from Earth Balance spreads or from other products with balanced fats; limit fat to 30% of calories (65g/day) and saturated fats to 10% (20g/day). Limit cholesterol to 300mg/day. Avoid foods with partially hydrogenated oil. Exercise regularly.
What are trans fats and why should I avoid them?
When oils are hydrogenated, it means hydrogen atoms are added to fat molecules so they'll stay stable and harden at room temperature. Trans fats are oils that have been hydrogenated, and they've been widely linked to a number of health problems. At Earth Balance, they use naturally stable blends of palm fruit, canola, soy and olive oils that do not require hydrogenation or any other chemical modification.
What are the advantages of expeller-pressed oils?
Oils that are not specifically labeled “expeller-pressed,” “cold-pressed” or “extra virgin” are often made by using harsh chemical solvents and/or extreme heat to separate the edible oil from the plant material. “Expeller-pressed” means they only use pressure to separate the oil from the plant material-a more natural way to extract the nutrients and flavor of the oil.
I thought palm oil was unhealthy. Why do you use it?
Like an avocado, palm fruit has two basic parts: the kernel (or seed) and the fruit. Oils can be derived from both. Palm kernel oil is high in lauric and myristic acids (the fatty acids also found in butter), which have been shown to raise “bad” LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. Palm kernel oil is about 90% saturated. However, oil derived from the palm fruit has much lower levels of lauric and myristic acids, and it's only about 45% saturated. It has many other beneficial qualities and is essential to their balanced fat blends that have been patented by Brandeis University. Earth Balance only uses palm fruit oil that is harvested from sustainable sources in an environmentally and socially responsible way
I've heard talk about palm oil and sustainability. Where does Earth Balance source its palm oil?
30% of their palm oil comes from Brazil, which is the source they use in all of their organic products. The remaining 70% is sourced from peninsular Malaysia where all of their suppliers are members of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), the leading global organization developing and implementing global standards for sustainable palm oil production. All palm oil sourced from these suppliers comes only from existing palm plantations, not new jungle-clearing projects. They insist on continuing assurances from their suppliers that all palm fruit oil purchased for Earth Balance complies with the RSPO policies and they would not hesitate to terminate suppliers that violate these policies
About Earth Balance:
It all started in 1998 when GFA Brands, Inc. (that's their parent company) introduced Earth Balance spreads as an all-natural sidekick to its already successful Smart Balance products. Soon after launch, their Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread started garnering some serious attention in the natural foods world and even gained recognition as a winner in several taste competitions. Score one, nature. Before long, Earth Balance Buttery Spread became the fastest selling and most popular all-natural butter alternative in the country. Fast forward to today and they're now happily expanding and enhancing their current line of tempting, natural foods and beverages. What began with a spread has now transformed into a full line of buttery spreads, baking sticks and shortenings, soy milks, alternative mayos, coconut spread and even soy nog. But they won't stop there. It's their mission to continue innovating tasty new products and teaching the world what a positive impact natural foods can have on their bodies and the environment.
Just outside Boulder, Colorado is where you'll find a company that's committed to quality on a whole new scale. That's us. Earth Balance, and they can't wait to introduce you to their line of naturally irresistible buttery spreads, shortenings, nut butters, soymilk, soy nog, coconut spread and MindfulMayo Dressing and Sandwich Spreads. All of their products are 100% plant-based, vegan, non-GMO, lactose-free, gluten-free, egg-free, casein-free, have 0g of trans fat and, oh, did they mention they're absolutely delicious? Because they are. At Earth Balance, taste is king, and that's a commitment they live by every single day. Everything they make is tasty enough to stand strong on it's own, but any of their products can also be the perfect substitute in all your favorite cooking or baking recipes.
To put it simply: They use only natural ingredients. They're organic-minded. And they're whipping up the good stuff to share with everyone who follows a plant-based diet, suffers from food allergies, or just wants to lead a more health-conscious and earth-loving life. They heart the earth. In fact, they heart it so much that they named their entire line of products after it. That's why they're committed to keeping their world, and the people who live here, safe. Earth Balance is dedicated to the organic and non-GMO missions, and they're taking great strides in protecting their planet and the people who use their products. From strong sustainable palm oil efforts to healthy kid and food allergy safety initiatives, you can count on Earth Balance to be making a difference.