Almonds

According to Wikipedia, The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. "Almond" also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree.
Almonds have numerous nutritional value. Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, biotin, and copper. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, molybdenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Fortunately, although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 11 grams of fat, a sizable portion of it (7 grams) is heart-healthy mono unsaturated fat.

Almonds

                         

                                     Vital Health Benefits of Almonds

They reduce heart attack risk.


Those who consume almond nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.

They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.


Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.

They protects artery walls from damage.


It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease (Research at Tufts University).

They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:


Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study) Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds

They help provide good brain function. 


Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

They alkalize the body.


Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

 They nourish the nervous system.


According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.

 Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.


The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible

Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.

       A few quick Almonds serving ideas:

  • Add a punch to plain yogurt by mixing in some chopped almonds and dried fruit.
  • Enhance a healthy sauté of curried vegetables with sliced almonds.
  • Add some almond butter to a breakfast shake to boost its taste and protein content.
  • Almonds and apple slices make a wonderfully simple, on-the-go power snack.
  • Make a delightful cold rice salad with almonds, fresh garden peas and currants.
  • Add sliced almonds to chicken salad.  

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