Almonds

Here is the first in our series of power foods from Diana Herrington 

Almonds

 

“Someone ate all the almonds!” : (
(familiar party comment around a bowl of mixed nuts)

Almonds are my favorite nut and many agree. Most mornings I add between 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast. They are tasty and nutritious.

Did you know:

  • Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
  • Almonds are the only nut that is alkaline forming.
  • Almonds are thought to have originated in western Asia and North Africa; they have been written about in many historical texts, including the Bible.
  • Almonds are powerfoods.

9 Benefits of Almonds:

  1. Nutrient-dense.
  2. Packed with protein; almonds are 13 percent protein.
  3. One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fibre and protein.
  4. Filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper.
  5. Filled with B vitamins.
  6. Full of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
  7. Cholesterol-free.
  8. One-ounce serving of almonds contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli.
  9. One of the best food sources of vitamin E, with about one third of the daily value per ounce.

Heart-healthy with monounsaturated fat; one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, 11 grams is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

According to research at the University of Toronto, eating heart-healthy foods, including almonds, can help reduce LDL, or the “bad” cholesterol levels, as much as a first-line “statin” drug.

Research at Tufts University found the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E in to protect artery walls from damage reducing the risk of heart disease.

Note from Caroline – I love Almonds and enjoy a couple of 100g packets every week 🙂
 
About Diana:
Diana turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple powerful principles which she shares in her recent e-books. http://realfoodforlife.com/books-and-audio/
 
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