It is well known that nuts are nutritionally great for us, and a source of healthy fats. Almonds are one of my favourite nuts, and I really like them in LSA in my smoothies, or flaked on top of my porridge. Almonds also have some exceptional health benefits.
It turns out that the almond technically isn’t a nut. It is the seed of the fruit of the almond tree. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.
All about Almonds
So the almonds is actually a tree nut. Almonds provide an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, phytochemicals and a good source of protein and fibre. They also contain phosphorus, folic acid and zinc and are low in saturated fats.
Nuts sometimes get a bit of bad rap for being high in fat, and therefore possibly leading to weight gain. However, there has been some interesting research recently about almonds and weight management. It is possible that eating almonds could help you loose weight.
A recent study conducted by the University of Toronto on people with high cholesterol found 30 gm of almonds a day, along with other heart-healthy foods, reduced participants bad cholesterol. Even better, the research has found that up 60 gm of almonds daily does not cause weight gain – but could instead help with weight management. It’s hypothesised that the fibre in almonds may block some of the nuts’ fat and calories (about 160 calories per 30 g) from being absorbed by the body. That is approximately 23 almonds! Almonds are very low GI and eating them will help you feel fuller longer.
All this sounds really exciting to me and I think I am going to strive to include lots more almonds in our meals. Have you ever tried to make your own nut butter?
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