Health benefits of almonds
Most people know that almonds are an excellent alternative to peanuts for those who have a peanut allergy.
But there’s more to an almond than standing in for the peanut – so much so that even people without a nut allergy may consider making the switch.
Twenty-three almonds a day incorporates many crucial nutrients your body needs. Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium can all be found in the almond. Vitamins are rich with protein and fiber while naturally low in sugar. A single serving of almonds has 13 grams of healthy unsaturated fats, 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol or salt. There are only 160 benefit-rich calories in a serving.
According to the FDA, you may be able to reduce your risk of heart disease by eating 1.5 ounces of nuts a day. The nutrients in almonds increase heart health. Magnesium for instance is critical in preventing heart attacks and hypertension.
The fiber, protein and fat content of almonds (as well as other nuts) means it takes just a handful to keep you feeling full. Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar which helps reduce cravings. It’s the perfect midafternoon snack. But don’t be tempted to overeat – one serving is enough fat and calories on its own.
Other Health Benefits
Almonds may promote gastrointestinal health and combat diabetes. High fiber gives the almond a prebiotic property, which contributes to health in the gastrointestinal tract by serving as food for good bacteria in the intestinal tract. And, according to the American Diabetes Association, a Mediterranean diet including nuts like almonds helps fight diabetes even without changes in weight, activity or caloric intake.