Sometimes you feel like a nut

Just an handful makes a healthful and tasty snack!If you shy away from almonds because you think they are fattening, think again. Almonds are healthful snack, if eaten in moderation. Here are three good reasons, courtesy of the Almond Board, to reach for handful of tasty nuts next time you need a snack.
Nut lovers have lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Research recently published in the Journal Nutrition Research shows that adults who eat plain unroasted and unsalted nuts — including almonds — as a snack (as opposed to as part of product such as a candy bar) have lower blood pressure, increased levels of HDL "good" cholesterol, decreased levels of insulin, and improved nutrient intake and diet quality.
One handful, which is one ounce or 23 almonds, is the perfect daily portion of almonds. It provides 13 grams of good unsaturated fats, just one gram of saturated fat, and is naturally salt-free and cholesterol-free. Almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fiber, calcium, Vitamin E, riboflavin, and niacin.
Almonds can help lower blood sugar levels
Low glycemic index foods, such as almonds, help to regulate blood sugar levels, which help to avoid spikes and dips throughout the day. Including sliced almonds in oatmeal, using almond flour in pancakes, or blending almond butter in your morning smoothie are all easy ways to make sure you start your day on the right foot. In a hurry? Try apple slices spread with almond butter.
Almonds are a heart-healthy snack
Almonds are good part of a "heart smart diet" to help lower cholesterol naturally and help avoid the need for drugs such as statins.
There you have it darlings: almonds taste great, and help lower cholesterol and blood sugar, too. Some studies even they can help you control your weight. So munch in moderation!
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