Not only are almonds crispy and delicious, they are very good for your health. Almonds are an excellent source of fiber, monounsaturated fats and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals protect the cells in your body healthy by fighting free radicals.
The thin brown skin that covers the tonsils are a rich source of polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytonutrients that are very good for your body. Studies show that the roasting almonds with the skin increases the amount of polyphenols.
There are two different types of almonds – sweet and bitter. Those who are in supermarkets usually sweet almond.
Nutritionists recommend eating one ounce serving of almonds or other nuts every day. One ounce is about of 23 nuts, or about 165 calories.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E and have a considerable amount of manganese, magnesium, copper and other minerals. Manganese, an antioxidant, helps to heal wounds and maintain strong bones. Magnesium helps in various biochemical reactions in the body. Formation of healthy blood cells requires copper.
Almonds are a good source of phytosterols. Phytosterols version of cholesterol plant that helps control cholesterol levels in the body. Vitamins and minerals in almonds are also good for your heart.
Copper and Manganese almonds act as enzymes in the production of chemical energy in the body. Copper also assists the production of red blood cells.
Almonds can not be considered low calorie. However, the fat content is monounsaturated fats, so that they still have to increase weight loss. Plus, because they are full of fiber and protein, almonds will fill you up and help you eat less.
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