3 Great Health Benefits Of Almonds
Since this Friday, February 16th is National Almond Day, now is a great time to talk about the amazing health benefits of almonds. The tree nut is very nutritious, and since almonds are delicious on their own, they are the perfect easy and healthy snack to eat any time of the day. Continue reading to learn more about a few great health benefits of almonds!
High In Nutrients
In just one small handful of almonds (1 ounce), there are 3.5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 37% of your recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin E, 32% of the RDA of Manganese, and 20% of the RDA of Magnesium, in addition to a solid amount of copper, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. Almonds are also known to be high in fat, as a small handful contains 14 grams of fat. However, these are considered healthy fats and are primarily monounsaturated.
Although the fat content and calories of almonds may seem high, the nuts are actually great for weight loss. This is because almonds fill you up very quickly, and you can go longer without snacking. High carb products that we all love including bread and pastries are all very low in satiety, which is why you may feel hungry soon after eating. Almonds, however, are very high in satiety, allowing you to stay full for a long time.
Help With Blood Sugar Control
Since almonds are high in healthy fats, protein, fiber, and magnesium, they offer great health benefits for diabetics. Magnesium is involved with over 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control. A significant amount of type 2 diabetics are deficient in magnesium, and getting enough magnesium into their diet helps to lower blood sugar levels and improve the function of insulin. If consumed often, almonds may even be helpful for preventing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
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