Almonds is essentially an edible seed from the Prunus Dulcis, known as the almond tree. They are native to the middle east but in recent years the US has become the world’s largest producer. Almonds are tasty and can be found in almost every grocery store.
1. Almonds are packed with nutrients.
A 28g (1oz) serving of almonds carries:
– 3.5g of Fibre
– 6g of protein
– 14g of fat (good fat that is)
– Vitamin E- 37% of the recommended daily dose
– Manganese – 32% of Recommended daily dose
– Magnesium – 20% of recommended daily dose
They also contain vitamin b2, copper and phosphorus.
2. Almonds can assist with blood sugar control
Almonds are low in carbs and high in healthy fats, protein and fibre. This combination works very well for people with diabetes. They also have high levels of magnesium and magnesium is a mineral that helps control blood sugar levels.
3. Almonds can lower cholesterol levels.
High LDL also is known as bad cholesterol poses risk for Heart disease and the healthy fats in almonds help reduce LDL levels. A recent study found that a diet where 20% of calories came from Almonds lowered LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 12.4mg/dL.