Thursday, September 8, 2011

Almonds Are Awesome

I know some people stay away from eating nuts because of the high fat content but that's a big mistake. Almonds are nutritional all-stars. Dr. Gary Beecher, of the USDA-ARS, who has analyzed the phytochemical content of almonds states, "I have never seen this diversity of phytochemicals in a single food source."

Almonds are…
  • High in protein (1 oz. of almonds contains about 6g of protein) and low in sodium.
  • High in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
  • A good source of calcium, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, and other minerals.
  • Rich in vitamin E. In fact, almonds are one of the best whole-food sources of this important vitamin.
  • High in fiber (higher than any other nut or seed).
  • Regular consumption of almonds lowers the risk of developing diabetes.

For a tasty and nutritious snack, choose almonds. Or, slice them up and add them to salads, yogurt or veggies.

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