5 reasons to eat almonds

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We are crazy about almonds. Not only when they’re used to make the Almond Start, but also as a snack. Did you know that almonds are called ‘king among nuts’? Here you can read why.

Fun fact: almonds are actually not nuts at all, but seeds. The seeds stem from the almond tree, and they belong to the same family as peaches and apricots.

Full of vitamins and minerals

Almonds are a good source of vitamin E. This vitamin keeps the skin, nerves, muscles, red blood cells and heart healthy. Almonds contain little saturated fat and many healthy unsaturated fats. 80 grams of almonds provide the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of vitamin E. Furthermore, almonds are also full of vitamin B2 and B11.

90 grams of almonds will ensure that you consume the RDA of manganese. Other minerals that are in almonds, are (wait for it): magnesium, selenium, zinc, iron, copper, potassium and phosphorus.

For a smart brain

So almonds contain a lot of nutrients. These also support the development and the health of the human brain. This is because almonds contain two nutrients that are essential for the brain: riboflavin (vitamin B2) and L-carnitine. The last one increases the brain activity, so that new nerve paths are created.

Good for the intestines

Almonds often contain a lot of fibre. So they help against digestion problems and problems with stools, such as obstipation. Almonds contain little carbohydrates and a lot of protein and fibres. This means almonds will make you feel full, so that you will eat less snacks and consume less calories.

For a good cholesterol balance

If you regularly eat almonds, this will contribute to an increased level of good cholesterol (HDL) and a decreased level of bad cholesterol (LDL). This balance is important for a healthy cholesterol.

Protection in case of diabetes

Almonds are healthy for people with diabetes, because they help to regulate the reactionary increase of the glucose and insulin levels after the meal. Diabetics are often bothered by dangerous spikes in the blood sugar level after a big meal or a meal with an unexpected amount of sugar. Almonds will offer protection against this. According to this research, almonds help to regulate the intake and processing of glucose, so the process will be smoother and safer.

Sources: Gezondheidsnet, Mens en Gezondheid, Tandfonline, Siencedirect