Almonds: Small but Nutritionally Mighty

High in Nutrient-Dense Calories

Almonds provide a great blend of healthy fats and protein. Because fat provides more calories per gram than carbohydrates or protein, they are also energy-dense. Not to worry though, almonds are an appropriate snack for both weight gain and weight loss, as they keep you satiated for longer than other snacks. If you are looking to lose weight, just be mindful of portion sizes. One serving of almonds is 1 oz, which is a handful or ¼ cup, and provides 160 calories. Almonds are also a good source of fiber, Vitamin E, and Magnesium, and provide a nice source of protein for vegetarians and vegans [i].

 

Health Effects

Almonds have been shown to significantly decrease triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, body fat mass, and waist-hip ratio [ii]. Research has also found a significant association between increased nut consumption (defined as peanuts, pine nuts, and almonds) and decreased risk of colorectal cancer [iii].

 

Ways to Eat

Nuts, including almonds, are one of the best foods to take with you while traveling. If you have a family vacation or business trip planned, bring along a bag of almonds to ensure you have a healthy option for the car, plane, or hotel room. For portion control, purchase pre-portioned almond snack packs or portion them out yourself using small to-go containers. Try a homemade trail mix for more variety by mixing together almonds, walnuts, blueberries, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Add a crunch to and boost nutrition and calorie content of oatmeal, salads, and quinoa by mixing in almonds. Keep an eye out for our Recipe of the Month: Fudgy Date and Almond Truffles, and get creative in the kitchen with your family.

 

References:

[i] Nuts, almonds. Retrieved from https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2

[ii] Liu, Y, Hwang, H. J., Kim, H. S., & Park, H. (2018). Time and intervention effects of daily almond intake on the changes of lipid profile and body composition among free-living healthy adults. J Med Food. 21(4):340-347. Doi: 10.1089/jmf.2017.3976.

[iii] Lee, J, Shin, A, Oh, J. H., & Kim, J. (2018). The relationship between nut intake and risk of colorectal cancer: a case control study. Nutr J. 17(1):37. Doi: 10.1186/s12937-018-0345-y.

Jenna Koroly, MS, RD, CDN

Jenna is a Registered Dietitian and has her Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a passion for nutrition therapy for oncology patients, and has been a part of the Savor Health team since October, 2016, sharing evidence-based nutrition articles and recipes as Social Media Manager. She gained further clinical knowledge in oncology while performing nutrition assessments at Northern Westchester Hospital and Amsterdam Nursing Home as a Dietetic Intern. Jenna also has a strong interest in sports nutrition and altering body composition through delicious whole foods and exercise. As a graduate student and Dietetic Intern, she worked with collegiate athletes at St. Francis College and Columbia University.

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