Almonds are a great source of nutrition, in fact a handful (a normal handful, not large) of these delicious nuts per day may provide you with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Whatever your size, one handful is all you need to eat. They are high in vitamin E and have a good source of calcium. When the correct amount of almonds are consumed, they can help to lower blood cholesterol levels, and may help prevent heart disease.
While almonds contain many vitamins and minerals, the key nutrients are iron, potassium, vitamin E, and zinc. They are high in fat, however it’s mainly monounsaturated. If you eat only the required amount, you shouldn’t have any problem with gaining weight, but to make sure you could remove some other dietary fat from your diet. Some years ago, a study showed that almonds can lower LDL type (bad) cholesterol so making adjustments to allow them in your diet could well be worth the effort.
How to use Almonds
When choosing almonds to consume for their health benefits, choose unblanched almonds because their health-giving properties are superior to those that are blanched. Purchase them as fresh as possible and once opened, store in a jar in the fridge and use them within a few weeks. The fresher they are the better they will be for your health so a good guide is to buy just enough to last you for a few weeks.
Almonds are used in cooking such as in cakes, biscuits, deserts, salads and main meals so you can adjust your daily intake slightly when consuming foods cooked with almonds as an ingredient. They rarely need to be blanched for cooking and toasted almonds will not damage their oils provided they are heated gently.
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