Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Flaked almonds are great for baking decorating cakes, biscuits or tarts with them to add crunch.
The health benefits of almonds
There are a number of potential health benefits associated with almonds.
1. Almonds and cholesterol
Research shows that eating almonds can significantly boost levels of vitamin E in the diet and bloodstream. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that defends your cells against damage on a daily basis and prevents artery-clogging oxidation of cholesterol.
2. Almonds and heart disease
Almonds, along with nuts and seeds in general, are often associated with improved levels of blood lipids and being good for the heart.
5. Almonds and blood sugar
There is some evidence that almonds may help keep blood sugar under control. This ability is thought to be due to their high levels of magnesium containing almost half the daily recommended amount in just 2 ounces of almonds.
In around one-third of people with type 2 diabetes, magnesium levels are low. In one study, people with type 2 diabetes and low magnesium levels took magnesium supplements. The researchers measured an increase in their magnesium levels, and they also saw improvements in insulin resistance.