Reading about nuts can make you go nuts, specially if you’re in the weight-loss process zone. But do you know that nuts can help you lose those extra pounds? Nuts are rich in fatty acids, sure, but what makes you not go past that? Almonds too are popularly known as nuts, but they are actually just seeds of the fruit of the almond tree. Almonds are the powerhouse of nutrition which have a good variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Saturated and trans fats which have often been linked to the development of cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and death, almonds are healthy fats that can actually help prevent some of these chronic conditions. The only thing that you need to be wary about is to find them in their most natural state–this means raw and with no added salt or additives. Many celebrities including Kajol have turned to the almond for weight loss.
Here’s a know-how in the world of almonds and why you should start munching them down.
Contains good fats: Almonds are rich in fatty acids like the omega 9, omega 6 and omega 3, thus they help in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It further stabilises the blood sugar level and bad cholesterol build-up in the arteries.
Reduces belly fat: An almond diet is high in protein content and helps in the development of lean muscle mass, which in turn reduces the body mass index (BMI). It also targets the fat stored in the abdominal area, thus reducing belly fat.
Contains fibre: The skin of the almonds is high on dietary fibre, something that helps in proper digestion of the food and healthy bowel movement. So, to get the best results, you must consume whole almonds with the skin intact.
Serves as a healthy snack: A rather innovative snack, but almonds when taken between meals provides you with high amount of mono-unsaturated fats, protein and fibre which contribute to the full-tummy feel. But keep away from salted or processed ones, as they contain excessive salts which increase the sodium level in the blood.
Full of nutrients: Almonds are full of nutrients like magnesium and vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant that keeps you full and reduces hunger pangs. Magnesium is an excellent source of energy and enhances muscle mass during the workouts.
Source: India Today