I know that I can get sucked into trends related to nutrition and fitness myself strictly from a FOMO standpoint. I have to admit that I did a little sideways eye when a little nut called the ALMOND was introduced as one of these trends.
Isn’t it just another nut? I mean, aren’t there already peanuts and cashews taking over the nut aisle at the grocery store?
Almonds help us keep our hearts healthy, our healthy fat up, delivers tons of fiber to run our bodies, and do a whole boat load of other amazing things within our bodies!
I’ll break it down even further for you, friends!
Enjoy the FAT:
It’s been a new wave way of thinking to include foods higher in fat as “Healthy” foods within our diet! You know as well as I do that our bodies need healthy fat. It’s not the 1990’s or 2000’s where the words ‘ligh’t and ‘fat-free’ are not indicative of a beneficial food. With the evolution of nutrition trends, we now see that those trends are an outdated way of eating and thinking. Our organs and bodily function as well as metabolism can depend on our bodies taking in nutrient-dense foods with healthy fat.
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage, helps boost the body’s immune system and helps to widen blood vessels and keep blood from clotting within them.
- Magnesium helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
- Riboflavin is a B vitamin that helps convert food into fuel. It’s important for cellular function, growth and development and helps maintain normal levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the blood.
In regards to the impact to diabetes, almonds lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods that they are eaten with which affects insulin levels due to its fiber content.
In a heart healthy diet, almonds can help increase our healthy levels of cholesterol by increasing the particles we need to lower LDL and increase HDL.
There are so many ways that you can squeeze almonds into your eating plan each day which makes it such a versatile little tool in our nutrition arsenal:
A friendly reminder, also, that a SERVING of almonds is as easy as 1-2-3!
- 1 PORTION = 23 ALMONDS
Nutrition knowledge comes from a wealth of AH HA moments we can get from research and teaching ourselves continuously. Almonds.com is a resource you can use to teach yourself ALL about almonds and their fabulous traits. You can find information on recipes, background, harvesting – the whole gamut!