Like a chipmunk on Christmas Day, we get through A LOT of almonds here at Kinetic Kitchen, and for good reason – loaded with healthy fats, low in carbs, packed with protein, high in fibre and boasting an enviable micronutrient profile, the almond is a lead runner for the title of world’s most nutritious nut (ok, technically ‘seed’, but you get the drift). And, in its ground down form, there is simply no better flour substitute. Tasty, nutritious, gluten-free and ‘baker-friendly’, almond flour is responsible for that fluffy, sweet, nutty deliciousness in each and every one of our KETOnuts.
So, what are some of the potential health benefits of regular almond consumption? Well, there are a lot, but in a nutshell (sorry, we had to get that one in!):
1. Almonds can help to regulate blood sugar and improve insulin resistance.
High in fibre, low on the glycemic index and and high in magnesium (a micronutrient a large portion of the population do not meet the RDI of), almonds can contribute significantly to blood sugar regulation and improved insulin function. This can help to prevent or improve symptoms of metabolic syndrome and diseases like type 2 diabetes. Since we’ve mentioned it, we’ll also add that magnesium has been shown to help lower high blood pressure – one of the leading drivers of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.
2. Almonds can improve cholesterol readings.
Studies have shown links between almond consumption and reduced LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, triglyceride levels and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) levels, which, when elevated, are all indicators of chronic inflammation and an increased risk of vascular disease. Even better, HDL (‘good’ heart protecting) cholesterol levels have been shown to increase with almond consumption.
3. Almonds are good for gut health.
In addition to being wheat-free and gluten-free – two common allergens associated with ‘leaky gut’ syndrome – almonds have also been shown to exhibit strong prebiotic qualities, meaning they serve as food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut linked to immunity, anti-inflammation, and mental health.
4. Almonds can help with weight loss.
Due to their substantial levels of protein and fibre, almonds have been shown to have a very strong satiating effect, which basically means eating them makes you feel fuller for longer and should reduce the frequency of your trips to the cookie jar (especially important during this work-from-home period!)
5. Almonds can increase longevity.
Almonds pack a serious punch when it comes to Vitamin E – a group of fat-soluble compounds that act as antioxidants in your body. Vitamin E helps to prevent free-radical damage, a major cause of inflammation in the body, which is linked to accelerated-aging, chronic conditions like arthritis, and diseases like heart disease and cancer. Studies have also linked higher vitamin E intakes to lower rates of Alzheimer's.
So, we’re guessing you’re now ready to up your almond intake and what better way to do it than through one of our delicious almond-rich KETOnuts! Get to our shop now to view the entire delectable range! www.kinetickitchen.co.uk/shop
P.s. For nutritional data lovers, here’s the amazing nutritional breakdown of the almond content in just one KETOnut:
Fat: 10g (these are good fats!)
Dietary fibre: 2.1g
Vitamin E: 25% of the RDI
Manganese: 22% of the RDI
Magnesium: 14% of the RDI
Copper: 11% of the RDI
Phosphorus 9% of the RDI