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Health Benefits of Almonds

by Guest in Train With Grain, Triathlons

We asked the kind folks at Barney Butter to give you a little insight into what makes almonds so darn good for you. Without further ado…

A high-fat food that’s good for your health? That’s not an oxymoron, its almonds! Adding almonds and almond butter into your daily diet is not only easy, fast and delicious, but it’s also a smart choice because they contain so many health benefits. The health benefits of almonds are mostly because they are packed with nutrients and high in monounsaturated fats which will help keep your heart healthy.

Adding almonds to your daily diet can lower your LDL cholesterol level and lower your risk of heart disease. One study showed that substituting nuts for an equivalent amount of carbohydrates reduced heart disease by 30%.

Almonds are also a surprisingly helpful aid in weight loss. In spite of almonds being high in fat and calories, eaten in moderation they can actually promote weight loss. One study showed that people who substituted almonds for 500 calories of their daily caloric intake lost more weight than those receiving their calories from other sources. One possible explanation for this is that a portion of the fat in almonds is not easily digested and therefore not readily absorbed by the body.

Almonds are also packed with other nutrients beneficial to overall health. They are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, so are an excellent snack choice for diabetics. Almonds are a great source of vitamin E which is beneficial in the fight against heart disease and cancer as a well-known antioxidant. Also rich in calcium and magnesium they can help build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Almonds contain zinc, phosphorous and folic acid, which are all indisputably healthy elements for a healthy body.

These are all great reasons to add a serving of almonds into your daily diet. This can consist of a handful of almonds (10-12) or a serving of almond butter. Almond butter can easily be spread on an apple or banana, swirled into yogurt or oatmeal or used in any recipe as a substitute for peanut butter. Enjoy and spread the love!!

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