A lot of people eat nuts and love them because of the taste but, did you know how beneficial they are for your health?
Almonds are one of my favorite nuts, along with cashes, peanuts and pistachios. I usually eat about 15 almonds per day with my breakfast or a snack and also add them to my yogurt and salads (sliced). Read on to find out why you should be eating almonds too!
9 Health Benefits of Almonds
1. They reduce heart attack risk.
Those who consume nuts
five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.
2. They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.
3. They protects artery walls from damage.
It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease
(Research at Tufts University).
4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:
- Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
- Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)
6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
7. They help provide good brain function.
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
8. They nourish the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
9. They alkalize the body.
Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline
forming. When your body is not alkaline enough
, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.
Did you know?
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- Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
- 2.51 million tons of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
- United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated.