How Healthy are Almonds?
Written by Tena Moore
Almonds, like most nuts, are very healthy. Many large studies have linked the consumption of nuts to reduced risk of heart disease, and almond studies have shown them to help prevent cancer, increase levels of good cholesterol, and decrease levels of bad cholesterol.
Almonds are jam packed with nutrition. While vitamin E, magnesium, tryptophan, copper, phosphorus, manganese and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) are the most noted, almonds also offer calcium, iron, selenium, sodium and zinc. They also contain 6 grams of protein per ounce, and are a great source of dietary fiber.
Many people want to steer away from nuts such as almonds, based on hearing that they are high fat. Most people think that anything high fat must not be good for you and will make you gain weight. Although a quarter cup of almonds contains 18 grams of fat, 11 grams of that fat is monounsaturated fat – a very heart healthy fat. The key to almonds, just like any other food, is to be moderate with consumption. As a snack, almonds can help fill you up and deliver nutrients, and are a great choice as opposed to most snacks that truly are high in bad fats and can pack on the weight.
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