The Wonders of: Almonds

I love almonds. They’re crunchy and delicious and make an excellent snack when I’m on the go.

The Wonders of Almonds

Almonds are commonly thought as a nut, but in fact they are the seed of the almond tree. People are often afraid of almonds because they are high in fat. This is true but they are high in monounsaturated fats that actually promote good health. In fact, these monounsaturated fats have been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower LDL {bad cholesterol} due to their high content of Vitamin E.

Almonds also contain two other great nutrients: potassium and magnesium. Potassium is a necessary electrolyte that is essential for reducing blood pressure, which in turn helps to lower risk of heart attack and heart disease. Magnesium helps to improve blood flow through veins and arteries which also helps to let nutrients and oxygen flow more easily through your blood stream.

Almonds are very low on the glycemic index, making them a great choice for not only diabetics but also for people following a low carbohydrate diet. Almonds help to decrease rises in blood sugar after meals {when eaten with the meal}.

Almonds have another awesome side effect. They help to reduce belly fat!  People who eat almonds twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those people who never eat nuts.

Almonds are also high in fiber, which means that not only do they aide in constipation, but they also help to prevent colon cancer because they help to quickly move food through the colon.

Increased brain activity is another plus to this amazing seed. It contains riboflavin which is essential to brain function. This also helps to prevent against Alzheimer’s disease. TIP: Your brain is a muscle. Use it or lose it. Exercise for your brain is just as important as exercise for your body.

Basically, Almonds are amazing and delicious and you should eat them!

Ways to add almonds into your diet:

Almonds in the raw, or dry roasted

Almond butter {spread on a piece of high fiber bread or some celery or apple slices}

Replace regular flour with almond meal when baking

Drink almond milk instead of cow’s milk

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