The Skinny on Fat
To keep hearts and bodies in the best shape possible, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. That’s why integrating almonds into your products or recipes is a smart choice. Almonds offer key benefits to anyone trying to shed a few pounds, including strong nutrient content relative to calories, tempting crunch, and undeniable tasty flavour.
- A 30g handful of almonds provides 3.8 grams of filling fibre, “good” monounsaturated fat and 6 grams of energy-rich protein.2
- Almonds are even considered a good fit with many popular weight-loss plans such as Weight Watchers and the South Beach Diet.
- They contain 15 essential nutrients, so when consumers reach for an almond snack between meals to curb cravings, they are getting the nutrients they need in a crunchy and flavorful snack they can feel good about.
- In fact, a 30g serving (about 23 almonds) is high in fibre and monounsaturated fat in addition to being high in 9 essential nutrients, including vitamin E and calcium.
- Almonds are also a natural source of protein, delivering 6g of protein per 30g serving, and high in monounsaturated fat, the healthy fat emphasized in the Mediterranean diet.
- A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that about 20% of the calories found in almonds are not available for digestion or absorption due to the rigid cell walls. Thus, it is thought that per 30g serving, we only digest about 138 calories. That’s a caloric difference of 20%. (Learn more here…*)
A recent study* from Leatherhead Food Research reveals that eating almonds as a mid-morning snack made women feel fuller throughout the day and helped them eat less calories throughout the day, as a result. So try bringing a little extra flair to your product with some deliciously desirable California Almonds.
Novotny JA, Gebauer SK, Baer DJ. 2012. Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. Amer J. Clin. Nutr. doi:10.3945/ ajcn.112.035782. The study takes into account the digestibility of whole almonds. Note: Further research is needed to better understand the results of the study and how this technique for calculating calories could potentially affect the calorie count of other foods
Novotny JA, Gebauer SK, Baer DJ. Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. Amer J Clin Nutr 2012; 96:296-301.
Hull S, Pombo S, Re R. The effect of almonds on satiety and food intake in healthy volunteers. 10 August 2012.