4 Reasons to Eat More Almonds…
We are all pretty familiar with the superfoods that are supposed to have tons of nutrients and give our bodies exactly what we need. The most common ones are kale, blueberries, salmon and acai just to name a few. But one healthy food that doesn’t get enough attention is almonds. Here are a few reasons to eat more almonds this year.
Almonds Have Tons of Nutrients
For such a small and simple nut, they can make a host of delicious and healthy foods. They are commonly used to produce almond milk, almond butter, and almond oil. But almonds contain a ton of nutrients that are often overlooked. For every ounce of almonds, you can always find…
- Calories – 161
- Carbs – 2.5 grams
- Fiber – 3.5 grams
- Protein – 6 grams (what?!)
- Fat – 14 grams (9 of those are monosaturated)
- Vitamin E – 37%
- Manganese – 32%
- Magnesium 20%
Filled with Antioxidants Too
On top of all the nutrients almonds host, they actually also contain tons of antioxidants too! If you aren’t familiar with why antioxidants are important, don’t worry! Antioxidants help our bodies protect against oxidative stress which can cause damage to our cells causing inflammation, aging and even diseases like breast cancer.
Most of the antioxidants are found within the shell of the almond (the brown layer).
Assist in Blood Sugar Control
Since almonds contain high amounts of Magnesium, which is a mineral that is involved in regulating blood sugar levels, the almond is indicated to help lower blood sugar levels while also preventing other metabolic syndromes.
Almonds Contain High Vitamin E Levels
One area that almonds can also provide assistance in is your skin. Since almonds contain high Vitamin E levels, they help in preventing dryness, wrinkling and to even heal wounds and other skin issues that some women face during breast cancer treatment.
Next time you are looking for a healthy snack, try grabbing some almonds to munch on! While they do taste good, you will also be doing your body a huge favor!
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