Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Almonds: Full of Health Benefits


The fat in almonds is primarily heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the same type found in olives, olive oil, avocados, and other nuts.Almonds decrease the risk for heart disease. Eating one ounce of almonds daily (about a handful), as part of a healthy lifestyle, reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff) and thereby reduces your overall heart disease risk. 

Besides, the fat contained in almonds is not completely absorbed into the body because of the fibrous makeup of almonds. This means almonds actually help you lose weight. 

Almonds are protective against cancer and diabetes as well. And eating almonds on a regular basis may decrease other risk factors in the blood that are related to artery-damaging inflammation. 
Almonds stand out as especially rich in calcium - in fact, they're one of the best nondairy calcium sources. They also deliver plenty of protein, copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins. And almonds supply antioxidants nutrients, most notably in this case vitamin E. 

Shopping Tip
Choose plain almonds, not sugar or salt covered ones. To bring out the flavour at home, toast them for a few minutes in a warm oven.

From The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen, R.D., PH.D.

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