Almonds

SEVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS

Many dieters stay clear of almonds, mistakenly believing they are too high in fat to fit into a healthy eating plan. Wrong! Almonds provide many health benefits that vastly outweigh any damage to your fat and calorie counts. Want to know seven health benefits of almonds? Read on!

Seven health benefits of almonds

1. Almonds are an excellent protein source. Twenty-eight grams of almonds (about 23 almonds) will provide you with one-tenth of all the protein you’ll need for an entire day!

2. Almonds are also an excellent source of fibre, which your body needs for proper digestion. Fibre has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, and it is an important factor in lowering your risk of developing a wide variety of diseases. And twenty-eight grams of almonds contains 13% of your fibre requirement for the day!

3. Twenty-eight grams of almonds also provides 7% of your daily requirement of calcium, and 7% of your daily requirement of iron. Almonds are also an excellent source of folic acid—especially important if you’re pregnant or planning to be!

4. Studies have shown that including almonds in your diet helps to lower your blood LDL levels (the so-called bad cholesterol).

5. Almonds elevate the level of Vitamin E in your body. Vitamin E has been proven to be a powerful antioxidant, helping to promote healthy cell development and prevent cancer. Vitamin E has also been linked to a lower risk of coronary artery disease. Here’s a tip: eat your almonds with the skins on! The brownish skins on the exterior of the natural nut boost the almond’s antioxidant properties.

6. Almonds are a tasty alternative to sweet or salty snacks, with a delicious built-in crunch. For this reason, smaller portions of almonds satisfy your snack cravings more efficiently than less-nutritious foods.

7. And finally, about that f-word: fat. Yes, twenty-eight grams of almonds contains 164 calories, 129 of which are derived from the fat contained in the nut itself. However, most of that is monounsaturated fat, and it is this property that reduces your “bad” cholesterol and also your risk of developing coronary artery disease.

As you can see, there are more than just seven health benefits of almonds. These delicious little gems pack a huge nutritional punch in a tiny little package! They’re easy to eat out of hand, but it’s even more fun to work almonds into a vast array of savoury and sweet recipes, from curry to marzipan. And did you know that you can make your own delicious, nutritious almond milk with nothing more than almonds, water, and a common kitchen blender? Once you begin experimenting with almonds, you’ll never be able to imagine life without them!

But don’t settle for just any almonds. Always choose Montagu nonpareil almonds. These almonds are as the French meaning implies, ‘without equal’.  Montagu Almonds have a larger kernel weight and a smoother skin, making them absolutely delicious to snack on as is.

Now you can buy trusted quality snacks online at www.montagusnacks.co.za or at your nearest Montagu-store nationwide. Visit the Montagu website to find your nearest store or to stay in touch with the latest snackalicious news and recipes.
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