Almonds

Almonds contain a very low amount of carbohydrates and high levels of protein.  The fit in very well if you are following a low carb diet.  Being an easily digestible food, they are a good source of protein, essential fatty acids, fibre, and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, and copper.

Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 24 mg per 100 g.  Flavonoids in the skins of almonds in addition to the vitamin E in the nut offer more than double the amount of antioxidants than either provide alone. Almonds contain generous amounts of vitamin E, considered a powerful antioxidant with cancer-fighting qualities.  There are some antioxidants your body cannot make, vitamin E is one of the most important because it breaks the destructive chain free radicals start, protecting your cells from harm. But getting enough vitamin E can be tricky in today’s fast-food world, which is one reason adding almonds to your diet are a smart idea.

The claimed health benefits of almonds include the prevention of cancer.  In a study printed in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, experts discovered that almonds contain phenolics and flavonoids in their skins. It was found that one ounce of almonds holds a similar quantity of total polyphenol as ½ cup of cooked broccoli. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat which helps for lowering cholesterol.

A controlled trial showed that 73g of almonds in the daily diet reduced LDL cholesterol by as much as 9.4%, reduced the LDL:HDL ratio by 12.0%, and increased HDL-cholesterol (i.e., the good cholesterol) by 4.6%.

Recent studies have shown that the constituents of almond have anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting effects.

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