Almonds are also beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Diabetes is a condition wherein the individual’s body cannot properly regulate their blood sugar levels and this can cause a range of complications. In order to avoid complications, diabetics need to properly monitor their blood sugar levels and one way to do this is to eat low glycemic index foods or foods that do not convert to sugar too quickly. Almond is a great food for diabetics because it has a low glycemic index rating. In a study done to check for almonds effects on blood sugar levels in diabetics, it was found that in people who ate meals that contained almonds, antioxidant levels were increased and almonds also decreased incidences of blood sugar spikes after every meal. Almonds also seemed to have an equalizing effect when it is consumed together with high glycemic index rating foods, stabilizing the effects on blood sugar brought about by the high glycemic index foods.
Almonds is one of the most healthy nuts around that is endorsed by health officials, along with pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts pistachios and walnuts. So add nuts up to your meals for that nice crunch and added taste, or snack on them instead of reaching for breads, sweets or potato chips. A useful tip in consuming almonds is to consume them whole, skin and all. According to Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph. D. of Tufts University: "We have identified a unique combination of flavonoids in almonds… Further blood tests demonstrated that eating almonds with their skins significantly increases both flavonoids and vitamin E in the body. This could have significant health implications, especially as people age."