Help Your Clients Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle
Naturally Nutrient-Rich1 and Backed By Science
There are a lot of reasons to recommend almonds. They’re the tree nut highest in protein (6 grams per ounce), fiber (4 grams), calcium (6% DV), vitamin E (35% DV), riboflavin (20% DV) and niacin (6% DV). They’re rich in magnesium (20% DV). And more than 120 peer-reviewed studies to date suggest they may have beneficial effects on heart health1, body composition, diabetes and blood sugar control, and weight maintenance, especially in overweight and obese adults, when eaten as part of a healthy diet.
The Healthy Habits of Almond Eaters
Analysis of U.S. NHANES data examined the relationship between almond consumption and nutrient intake, diet quality, weight status and cholesterol levels in adults and the results are compelling. This is a cross-sectional study, so the data can’t be used to draw causal relationships, but it suggests an association between almond consumption and positive health status2. Read the abstract (Also listed below).
The association of almond consumption with nutrient intake, dietary quality and physiological parameters was examined in adults 19+ years (n=24,808) using NHANES (2001–2010). Consumers (n=395) were defined as those who had any amount of almonds/almond butter during the first 24-hour diet recall. ANOVA (covariate adjusted) were conducted using appropriate sample weights. Diet quality was calculated using the Healthy Eating Index-2010 (HEI). Energy intake (2287±52 v 2176±9 kcal/d) was higher (p<0.05) in consumers than in non-consumers. Protein (91±1.7 v 83±0.3 g/d), dietary fiber (22.1±0.7 v 15.9±0.1 g/d), PUFA (20.8±0.9 v 17.4±0.1 g/d), MUFA (35.1±0.6 v 30.2±0.1 g/d), vitamin A (740±36 v 620±7 RAE mcg/d), vitamin E (15.6±0.7 v 7.3±0.1 mg AT/d), magnesium (406±11 v 291±2 mg/d), potassium (3118±73 v 2719±12 mg/d) and iron (17.1±0.6 v 15.6±0.1 mg/d) intakes were higher in consumers while SFA (22.4±0.7 v 26.6±0.1 g/d) and added sugars (14.5±0.8 v 19.2±0.2 tsp/d) were lower. Consumers had higher HEI scores (62.5±0.9 v 46.6±0.2). BMI (27.1±0.3 v 28.5±0.1), waist circumference (94.1±0.9 v 97.5±0.2 cm), and LDL (110±2.9 v 117±0.5 mg/dl) were lower in consumers. Consumers were 27% less likely to be overweight or obese, had a 35% reduced risk of increased waist size and were 44% less likely to have elevated LDL. Almond consumption was associated with better nutrient intake, diet quality and physiological parameters in adults.
Almonds: Americans' Favorite Snacking Nut
And almonds are easy to recommend. They’re Americans’ favorite nut for snacking and the nut they like most overall, according to a national survey.3 They’re also convenient for your clients to take on the go, and they come in a variety of forms and flavors to eat alone or pair with other nutritious snacks.