Myth: Almonds can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Fact: Almonds have a lowering effect on cholesterol and is rich in dietary fiber, mono- and poly-unsaturated fatty acids and also contains phytosterols. These compounds potentially may lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Moreover, some studies have shown that almonds my also increase HDL (good cholesterol). Flavonoids in almonds along with the vitamin E, reduces the risk of heart disease.
Myth: Almonds have a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract.
Fact: During the digestion process in the gastrointestinal tract, almond flour is fermented and produces short chains of fatty acids, most notably, butyrate, which is a material for cells lining the large intestine. For individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, almonds are the pantry essential you don’t want to live without. They provide a great amount of required nutrients and calories.
Myth: Almonds have a beneficial effect on bones and teeth.
Fact: The phosphorus and calcium in almonds help make this possible. In comparison with other nuts, almonds have the highest amount of calcium, boasting 75 milligrams per ounce.
Myth: Almonds are useful for weight loss.
Fact: Frequent nut eaters are generally thinner compared with those who almost never consume nuts. Almonds are one of the ingredients in many weight-reducing diets because they suppress appetite and also they are highly nutrient-dense. A handful of almonds provide 4 grams of fiber, “good” monounsaturated fats and 6 grams of protein. This combination will keep you feeling energized and satisfied.
Myth: Almonds can help diabetics manage blood glucose.
Fact: Based on one study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the American Diabetes Association-recommended diet includes 20 percent of total calorie intake from almonds, which helped improve insulin sensitivity in prediabetic individuals. In another study published in the Journal of Nutrition & Metabolism, a breakfast containing almonds stabilized blood glucose levels for the rest of the day.