Healthy Foods to Eat: Almonds

Okay, everyone knows what an almond is, you may even know where they are grown, and you definitely know where to buy an Almond. But have you thought about the potential health benefits of a regular serving of Almonds? Or have you even thought about looking it up?

First, Almonds originated in Mediterranean and have been around since Biblical times. They were a sign of virginity and often used to bless a marriage. Brought to the U.S. in the 1700s, the almond industry is now firmly established in Calif

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Second, they are a rich source of protein and fiber. They provide 35%  of your daily value for Vitamin E and 20% for magnesium, and are a good source for iron and calcium.  WOMEN, write this one down as something you really should think about incorporating into your diet! They are also high in antioxidants including quercetin and kaempferol — these nuts have some major health benefits and are among some wonderful healthy foods to eat. They can aid in weight loss, especially for women; they are good for heart health, preventing Alzheimer’s, and the prevention of colon cancer.

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How easy would it be to incorporate Almonds into your diet? They are common and a serving size is only 23 Almonds! You can buy them almost anywhere.

Heart Health: Almonds have been shown to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol as much as some popular statin drugs. In 2003 the FDA released a statement  saying that consuming almonds MAY reduce the risk of heart disease.  Almonds have been shown to reduce cholesterol between 5-7 percent, and they also lower a C-reactive protein, which is also a risk factor for heart disease.

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Alzheimer’s: A study done in rats has shown that after only four months, the animals did better on memory tests and reduced the amount of Alzheimer deposits in the rodent brains.

Weight loss/Obesity: Diets rich in almonds has been shown to create greater and longer sustained weight loss, especially for women. (See also Fat Burning Pills)

So, go out and get your Almonds! We all knew they were good for us, we maybe just did not know how good!

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