Almonds are one of the most popular nuts. They are filled with fibre, and healthy fats, and are a source of plant-based protein. You can stir them into a bowl of porridge or eat a handful as a snack.
They are high in important reproductive system nutrients including zinc and L-arginine. They are also the best whole food source of vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant). Eating almonds is important in regulating sex hormones in both men and women. In women, vitamin E may help regulate the production of cervical mucus, which is important for conception, due to its ability to support live sperm for several days.
Almonds also help improve insulin resistance, which is important for women with PCOS, a condition where the body becomes less effective at lowering blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance can reduce fertility in women, especially when combined with abdominal weight gain.
Easy ways to include almonds into your daily diet:
- Chop up and sprinkle onto salads
- Spread almond butter on toast or use it as a dip with apple wedges – make sure you buy organic, unsweetened almond butter.
- Almonds go well as a snack with celery
- Chop, toast, and enjoy pasta
- Add to daily cereals and yogurts
- Try substituting almond milk for some of your daily cow’s milk on cereals and in smoothies.
Almonds contain quite high levels of oxalates – so if you have kidney/gallstone issues it may be wise to avoid almonds and remember to always check with your GP if you are unsure.
Also, people who have allergies to tree nuts should avoid eating almonds.