We’ve all heard of the super foods – but almonds could take the title of the super snack. They’re rich in plant protein, and they are a great way to ensure we get enough essential fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium in our diets.
The nuts help boost our overall healthy food intake, and also stop us eating ‘empty calories’, says researcher Alyssa Burns, who had a group of 29 parents and children eat them for seven weeks.
The parents ate 1.5 ounces of almonds a day while the children were given 0.5 ounces of almond butter.
While they were eating the nuts, their overall healthy eating score – known in the US as the HEI, or Healthy Eating Index – increased for total protein foods, seafood and plant proteins and fatty acids.
They also ate fewer ‘empty calories’ while they were eating the nuts, and they also ate less sodium. They also consumed more vitamin E and magnesium.
(Source: Nutrition Research, 2016; 36(1): 80)