|Some of my favorite ways to eat almonds; |
but we're talking health here .......
so forget I mentioned this!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I'm Nuts for Almonds
I love almonds! When I was a little girl in the 60's, the only time we ever got to eat them was in at Christmas. But you had to work for them because they were in the shell: I would always pick the almonds out of the mixed nuts and leave the Brazils and filberts for my Mom. We had a system!
Thankfully, you can buy almonds everywhere these days; they're affordable and really good for you. In fact, they are a powerhouse of good nutrition!
They are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and are packed with phyto-chemicals. They're good for your brain and your heart, they help protect against diabetes, prevent certain kinds of cancer, lower your bad cholesterol (while boosting good), regulate blood pressure and boost your energy. They're are gluten free and contain "good" fat.
Just a handful of almonds can provide you with most of your recommended daily levels of minerals, vitamins and protein!
However, anyone having kidney or gallbladder troubles should avoid eating almonds because they contain oxalates which can cause crystallization. And regardless of good fat, it's still fat, right! So, how about that? Well, here's an excellent article I came across online recently.