Welcome back, almond lovers! In part one of our short blog series, we began exploring the wild world of almonds. Almonds really are a tasty and amazing nut that are jam-packed with loads of nutrients. On top of being yummy and nutritious, here’s a recap of the fun facts about almonds from part one:
- Almonds grow on almond trees
- Almonds can lower cholesterol levels
- Almonds can fight hunger
In today’s blog post, let’s look at a few more awesome facts about almonds and why.
Almonds Help with Weight Loss
Even though almonds contain about 14 grams of fat per a one-ounce serving, they are a low-cal snack option and are jam-packed with nutrients that can support a healthy diet. Because almonds fight hunger without having to consume a full, calorie-rich meal, these are a perfect food to pair with fresh fruit, crunchy veggies, and low-cal, low-sugar yogurt or cottage cheese, which are also healthy staples for a weight loss meal plan. The tricky part is limiting your servings so that you don’t consume a high amount of fat by eating several handfuls.
Almonds Reduce Inflammation
As if almonds weren’t already wonderful enough, they can also fight inflammation which can aid in pain relief. A Harvard study shows that almonds are among the anti-inflammatory foods that should be added to any healthy diet, but especially for those who suffer from chronic pain, have suffered an injury, or who have an inflammatory illness such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Almonds are Packed with Antioxidants
Antioxidants fight a whole array of health conditions and illnesses by boosting the immune system. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can damage cellular structures from oxidative damage that contribute to such illnesses as cancer. Free radicals also contribute to aging which can affect your musculoskeletal structures and tissues in the body. Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidants for protecting your cells from harm.
Almonds Are Considered “Brain Food”
Because almonds are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, they help with the healthy development of the brain in children and support healthy brain function in adults. Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, which positively support neurological and cognitive activity. So eat up! Your brain will thank you!
Almonds Support Healthy Skin
Antioxidant-packed almonds help maintain healthy, radiant skin that looks and feels amazing. Along with antioxidants, almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E which nourishes the skin and fights the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and fine lines. Sure, using all those skincare products can help, but adding a helping of almonds to your beauty regimen every day will only boost your body’s ability to keep skin hydrated and nourished.
Almonds Need the Right Climate to Grow
Almonds are native to countries in the Middle East in the Mediterranean. This region has hot dry summers and mild wet winters, providing the perfect climate for almonds to grow. Because almonds need a sunny, hot climate to thrive, California is one of the top American producers of the globe’s almonds.
Immature Green Almonds Are A Delicacy
While immature green almonds are not typically found in stores, they are considered a delicacy by some. These little green gems can be preserved and pickled! Can you believe it? While it may not sound too appealing when compared to the delicious crunch and flavor of a raw or roasted almond nut, many people thoroughly enjoy pickled baby almonds.
Almonds in a Spread
Similar to peanut butter, almonds are delicious as a nut spread. If you would like to try a tasty, GMO- and gluten-free almond butter, visit Betsy’s Best today to order a jar of gourmet natural almond butter. We use only the most wholesome ingredients in our delicious almond butter so that you can enjoy this nut spread with peace of mind. Shop Betsy’s Best today, find us in your local grocer, or shop us on Amazon to get yours today!