February is American Heart Month, which for more than half a century has marked the importance of heart health. While genetics plays a role in cardiovascular health, so does what you snack on! Here are a few reasons why sprouted almonds can improve heart health. Sometimes, it’s okay to go a little nutty – especially if that means upping yourDaily Crunch Snacks almond intake!
Like other nuts, almonds are high in fat, but they’re packed with healthy monounsaturated fat which evidence suggests has a positive impact on your heart health! Unsaturated fats also boost serotonin levels during the day, which help you sleep better at night.
Almonds are Loaded with Antioxidants
Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants, which helps protect against oxidative stress (contribute to aging and diseases). Did you know that the powerful antioxidants in almonds are mostly in the outer layer of skin?
Almonds help With Blood Sugar Control
Nuts are low in carbs but high in healthy fats, protein and fiber, which makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes. They also have an incredible about of magnesium, which is involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control.
Almonds Can Lower Cholesterol Levels
High levels of LDL lipoproteins in your blood — also known as “bad” cholesterol — is a well-known risk factor for heart disease, where some studies show almonds to lower LDL.
So remember to get your snack on this February for Heart Health Monday! And not just February, but almonds are great for you ALL year round. There is a reason why we are called DAILY Crunch, and that’s to remind you to incorporate almonds into your daily routine! The FDA recommends consuming 1.5 oz of nuts per day, which amounts to about a handful of almonds OR the same size as our grab-n-go bags (HELLO!). So go ahead and get your crunch on for Healthy Heart Month.` Enjoy!
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