LONDON — You may not have heard of almonds, but they’re one of the most nutritious foods in the world.
But for the next two weeks, they will be missing from your diet.
Almonds are now being replaced by a new superfood, called flax.
Fluctuations in the climate have pushed nuts closer to their natural environment, and a shift to a plant-based diet has left many Americans without their favorite nut.
But not everyone agrees that the almonds are bad news.
Some experts say they offer important nutrients.
For example, flax contains vitamin A, which is needed to support the immune system and help protect against heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Another omega-3 omega-6 that’s found in flax, called omega-9, has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
And while some nuts are also rich in protein, flaked flax seeds contain fewer calories than regular flax nuts.
“You can get a lot of value out of flax,” said Susan Clements, a professor of nutrition and food science at the University of Southern California.
Protein from flax is better for you than any other nut, Clements said.
In fact, the most popular type of flaked nuts is flax-butter-buttery, which Clements recommends for anyone who wants to add more protein to their diet.
“It’s not only good for your brain, it’s great for your body,” Clements told ABC News.
She also said flax seed oil has many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidant properties and is rich in phytochemicals that help lower cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.
It also helps your skin look healthier by improving the elasticity of the skin.
If you’re looking for more protein sources, try flax oil, Clement said.
And don’t forget about the omega-4 fatty acids found in walnuts and flaxseeds, which help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.