Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why Almonds?

I keep a jar/can of roasted almonds in my desk drawer for a quick snack. Why? Because they're healthy as heck...
  • Hopefully they'll help me continue to lose weight. Studies show that those of us who eat a serving of almonds at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight. Realize, though, that these little morsels are full of fat..even if it IS the good kind. Limit that serving size to 1/3 cup.
  • They are high in Vitamin E...good to protect your skin from sun and other environmental pollutants.
  • That "good" fat (aka monounsaturated) helps to lower cholesterol and therefore the risk of heart disease. (But avoid the really salty ones...that's undoes their heart-healthy effects.)
  • Protein, protein, protein. A 1/4 cup serving of almonds gives you just as much protein as a single egg.
  • Oh...and 10% of your daily calcium need. Bones and teeth, you know...

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