Here is the first in our series of power foods from Diana Herrington
“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:
- Packed with protein; almonds are 13 percent protein.
- One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fibre and protein.
- Filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper.
- Filled with B vitamins.
- Full of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
- One-ounce serving of almonds contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli.
- 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 🙂