My sister is always giving me great tips on eating better foods. My favourite one is snacking on some trusty unsalted almonds to stop me from over-eating. I like snacking throughout the day because I do a lot of brain work (bloggin’ and writing can be exhausting) and these are great to snack on!
Not only do they reduce the large portions I can eat at dinner time, they also contain some really good stuff for my body.
According to online sources almonds are rich in mono-unsaturated fats (which mean that they are easily digested and absorbed) and they are also full of protein. Almonds are also a great source of Vitamin E (an antioxidant) and are known to help reduce BAD cholesterol in your arteries (1).
Like any fat that you are familiar with, almonds have the ability to fill you up (but even better that these are the good fats), which helps you to eat smaller portions in your meals.
If you eat a lot of real crappy foods like processed foods (burgers, chips etc…), the bad saturated fat enters your blood circulation and will eventually result in plaque build-up in the arteries, which decreases the normal flow of blood to your heart. BAD.
That’s why you should be replacing all this really bad fat with the really good fat that you can find in nuts like almonds!
It’s not too late to unclog those arteries either! Studies (2) have shown that eating almonds can help reduce the cholesterol plaque build-up in your arteries to increase the flow of blood to your heart.
Your liver can function intelligently, if you look after it. It eventually removes the excess cholesterol in your arteries and turns it into bile (which is used to break down food in your stomach), your body then rids off these bad fats through faeces. Ta da! Healthy body!
Almonds have also been linked to prevention cancer as they are low in saturated fats and contain calcium and magnesium (more than spinach) for strong bones and compounds called phytochemicals which help with the protection against cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer (but I assume this is all with the help of a healthy lifestyle as well).
Apparently, 20 almonds contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, which is awesome if you’re lactose in tolerant but want an easy source of calcium. To find out more about how awesome almonds are- refer to link number 4 (below).
This is why I am nuts for almonds!
For such small things, almonds are really good for your body in so many ways!