Go nuts with almonds

By: Anisha Hassan
We all experience cravings and often end up snacking on unhealthy food. Almonds are not only a great snack, but also the most nutrition packed nuts of them all.
A serving of one ounce of almonds carry 161 calories, 13 grams of unsaturated fat, and 3.4 grams of fiber. Almonds also carry lots of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin E and phosphorous . To top it all off, almonds do not have any cholesterol whatsoever.
Consuming a handful of almonds a few times a day, that is about an ounce or so, can prevent heart diseases by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and increasing ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) in the body. They also aid in reducing levels of homocysteine, which is an amino acid or protein that helps in building up fatty plaque in arteries.
Almonds can also help stabilize blood pressure reducing risks of a lot of diseases.
Almonds help lose weight in the healthiest way possible. A lot of unhealthy weight gain occurs because of snacking on oily foods, which trick you into thinking you need more. Whereas consuming almonds fill you up instantly, so you abstain from eating too much junk food, but whatever almond you consume contributes to your health with its nutrients.
According to Harvard School of Medicine, high levels of vitamin E in almonds help to protect against macular degeneration, an age-related eye problem, which eventually ends in a loss of vision.
Almonds have high levels of magnesium, which is essential for the production of more than few hundred enzymes in the body that keeps us running. Other than these, almonds also help reduce chances of diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other similar chronic diseases…..
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Source: The Daily Star
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