The Joy of Almonds

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Almonds are a miracle food – tasty, natural and super-nutritious. Here’s what you might not have known about the world’s greatest nut:

1. Heart attack

Studies show that people who eat a serving of nuts five times a week had a reduced risk for heart disease.

2. Cholesterol

A clinical study that almonds, as part of a healthy diet, reduced cholesterol levels and cause no weight gain.

3. Cardio care

The flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E to maintain cardiovascular system health.

4. Teeth

Almonds can contribute to strong bones and teeth, thanks to their phosphorus content.

5. Weight loss

Almonds contain “healthy fat” but have been found to be part of the diets of skinnier people rather than overweight people. People who eat nuts at least twice a week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were those who don’t.

6. Blood sugar

Almonds stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels when eaten after meals.

7. Brain health

Riboflavin and L-carnitine, both found in almonds, boost brain function and fight the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Alkalization

Almonds are the only nut and that are alkaline forming. A lack of alkaline in the body can lead to osteoporosis, reduced immunity and weight gain.

Fun facts:

1. Almonds are actually stone fruits, like cherries, plums and peaches.

2. The United States is the largest producer of almonds.

3. Almonds were used even in ancient Egypt, for cosmetic purposes.

Almond nutrition:

Almonds are 13% protein. They contain vitamin E, vitamin B, magnesium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and copper. Almonds provide 266mg (27% DV) of calcium per 100g serving, 367mg (37% DV) per cup. They are also cholesterol free. The monounsaturated fat in almonds (11 grams per 1/4 cup) is heart-healthy.

How to get the nutrition from almonds:

Like all nuts, almonds contain phytate which makes them hard for some people to digest. You could soak them before eating in order to neutralize the phytate and release the nutrients. Almond flour is great for gluten-free cooking and baking. Almond Milk is a great dairy-milk alternative. Be sure to eat almonds with the skin – it contains more than 20 antioxidant flavanoids.