6 Reasons We Love Almonds
Almonds are a very popular tree nut. They are not only extremely delicious but super nutritious, which is why health enthusiasts are absolutely nuts over them (no pun intended).
Here 6 health benefits of almonds that will be sure to have you choosing them as your new favorite snack!
1. Almonds Contain an Overload of Nutrients!
Almonds have a truly impressive nutrient profile. According to Nutrition Data Just one small handful (1 ounce) contains 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat (9 of which are monounsaturated), 37% of the RDA for Vitamin E, 32% of the RDA for Manganese, 20% of the RDA for Magnesium. This is all from one small snack! And not to mention you’re consuming only 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible carbs.
2. Almonds Help You Shed Pounds
Thats right--indulging in a delicious handful of almonds can actually help you lose weight! According to WebMD people eating a diet rich in almonds lost more weight than those on a high-carb diet with the same number of calories. Almonds are also loaded with protein and fiber, which make you feel fuller, meaning you take in less calories!
3. Almonds Can Help Diabetics With Blood Sugar Control
Almonds are the absolute best snack for diabetics. Nuts are low in carbs, but high in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. What sets this nut apart from others is the fact that it is extremely high in magnesium, which is a mineral involved in blood sugar control. According to Healthyline, in a recent study researchers found that long-term high blood sugar levels may cause a loss of magnesium in the urine, and because of this people with diabetes are at risk for magnesium deficiency. Therefore, ingesting almonds may reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
4. Almonds Help Lower Bad Cholesterol
Almonds are known to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. A 2015 study examined cholesterol and body fat in people who ate 1.5 ounces of almonds a day versus a healthy muffin with a similar nutrient profile. Results found that in 6 weeks people who consumed almonds had lower LDL, with an average of 5mg.
5. Almonds Have a Ton of Antioxidants
Almonds contain a ton of antioxidants which have numerous health benefits. They protect you against oxidative stress, which is a huge contributor to aging and even serious diseases like cancer. In a clinical trial of 60 male smokers, results found that 3 ounces of almonds daily reduced oxidative stress biomarkers by 23-24% over a 4-week period.
6. Almonds Are Full of Vitamin E
Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E (7.3 mg), which is known to have a variety of health benefits. When it comes to preventing and even fighting off the common cold vitamin E does the job in boosting your immune system. High levels of Vitamin E also correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older--meaning it could lower your risk for alzheimer's.
Almond lovers rejoice!
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