Monday, 16 April 2012
Almonds can also help you lose weight. Because they contain fiber, protein, and the good type of fat, they help keep you full, making them an ideal healthy snack. (aveholidayhome.com)
Benefits of eating almonds
Learn about the almond's health benefits
My mom always says that the key to health is eating a handful of almonds a day. I have always been skeptical, but as it turns out, she may be right. From weight loss to heart protection, these small, unassuming nuts can help you maintain your health and ward off disease.
Nutrients in almonds
Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts around. They are dense in vitamins and minerals that help keep your body healthy. In addition to providing a hefty dose of protein and fiber, almonds also contain the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. They also contain vitamin E, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. While almonds do have fat in them, but it is monosaturated fat, which is the type that is great for your heart.
The health benefits of eating almonds include the consumption of a certain form of vitamin E that is a very important antioxidant. This means it helps neutralize free radicals, which if unchecked, can result in disease and illness. The Almond Board of California says that most Americans do not get nearly enough vitamin E in their diet, and touts that “just one ounce of almonds (about 23) contains 35% of the Daily Value for vitamin E.”
Almonds can also help you lose weight. Because they contain fiber, protein, and the good type of fat, they help keep you full, making them an ideal healthy snack. They are perfect for stashing in your desk at work! If you fill up on almonds, you won’t need to grab those potato chips or cookies.
Most importantly, almonds are very beneficial for heart health. They contain low levels of saturated fat and have no cholesterol. Eating them will not only help you avoid food that is unhealthy, but almonds themselves can actually help you maintain lower cholesterol levels, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Low cholesterol levels make you less likely to develop heart disease, which according to the Almond Board of California is the leading cause of men and women in the United States.
Almonds are low on the gylcemic index, which means they do not cause a large increase in blood glucose levels. It has been found that almonds help decrease rises in blood sugar after meals. When eaten with high-glycemic foods, eating almonds lowers the glycemic index of the entire meal. This can help prevent the development of diabetes.
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