Good job, almonds

The healthy 'superfood' snack that golfers should eat more

October 28, 2022


I don't know about you, but I'm a bit of a snacker. Both when I'm puttering around my house, and especially when I'm on the golf course.

The problem is, the snacks I reach for aren't always the healthiest. Just a variety of sugary delights that taste great, but can cause you to spike and then crash quickly. Not a great rhythm to get into when you're trying to navigate 18 holes over the course of more than four hours.

But a new study, released this week by King's College London, reminded me that I should break that bad habit, and can do so in one relatively easy way: eating more almonds! You probably should too, here's why.

Why you should eat more almonds

Almonds have long been considered a superfood because they're packed with antioxidants and nutrients. They have qualities that can lower your cholesterol, and because they contain a relatively high amount of protein, it's a weight loss-friendly snack that helps you lose weight by limiting your hunger.

And according to a new study, there's evidence it can boost your gut health, too.

Published American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87 participants were split into three groups and studied over four weeks. Two of those groups ate 56 grams of almonds every day (one group whole almonds, the other group of ground almonds) while the other group ate "energy-matched muffins."

By the end of the study, the almond-eating group had a higher amounts of fatty acids, fibre, amd potassium, other things, which helped their gut function better.

All of which is to say, the next time you're looking for some fuel to sustain your round, reach for a handful of almonds. Your body will thank you for it, and your game might, too.