Almonds are such a healthy, clean, natural snack — and so easy to mindlessly snack on by the dozen. They're delicious, filling, and loaded in MUFAs (monounsaturated fats) — that have been said to burn belly fat — as well as heart-healthy omega-3s and energizing B vitamins.
But as with all foods, there definitely can be too much of a good thing. Firstly, not many people realize what the serving size of almonds actually is (and surprisingly, it's not "this entire mugful."). The recommended serving size of almonds is actually very precise: 23. This also equates to about 1/4 cup, or a shot glass full of almonds.
So how do you know how much is too much for your diet? Check with your caloric and macronutrient needs. In each serving, there are 163 calories, 14 grams of fat, six grams of protein, and six grams of carbohydrates.
Also, be mindful of how many MUFAs you're consuming. Even healthy fats have a limit — for a 2,000-calorie diet, it's 65 grams. With one serving of almonds, you're hovering around 21 percent of your daily fat intake, and that's if you're on the 2,000-calorie program.
What does this mean? Too many servings of almonds in a day could end up causing some weight gain. So like we always say — everything in moderation (and be mindful of what you're putting in your body!). Find the balance that works for you, and eat up.