Posted on : June 12th, 2018
Before we dive into how many almonds would constitute a healthy snack, I couldn’t help but share this cute little video. How many almonds can a chipmunk stuff in his mouth? More than I ever thought!
In one of last week’s blog posts I wrote about how scientists discovered that eating 2 oz of almonds a day—about 45 nuts—led to lower levels of fasting insulin and fasting glucose for people with diabetes. The caveat, however, was that the study participants needed to reduce their calorie intact by the same amount because carrying too much weight is a factor in controlling diabetes. Not wanting to gain weight is also a concern for most other people so I wondered how many almonds would be the right amount to eat for health and nutrition without concern for weight gain.
It turns out that I’m not the only person who has posed this question! And the answer, according to The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is about a handful, approximately 1 oz or 20-23 almonds. The USDA says that 1 oz of almonds contain about 164 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of dietary fiber. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, and a good source of fiber, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. In fact, they are most nutrient-dense tree nuts on the planet.
That means that if you’re willing to substitute a handful of almonds for your normal sugary or salty snack filled with empty calories, you’re not only going to keep yourself from gaining weight. It might help you lose weight AND contribute to better health to boot!
Would you like to see a list of some of the almond nutrition research done to date? Check out this list compiled by the Almond Board of California. You’ll be amazed!
Then come on by our online store and check out the wide variety of deliciously flavored almond snacks we have to offer. You’ll find our cute little snack packs with just about the right amount of nuts you need for a tasty nutritious snack! And if you don’t mind counting out your 23 almonds, get a larger bag. I put some of my favorites below!
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