Heart Health With A Handful of Almonds
Are you looking for simple ways to improve your heart
health? Including a handful of almonds, whether itís as a
snack or sprinkled throughout your day, may be one easy and
satisfying way. Over the past few months, new research on
almonds continues to show why including a handful of almonds
can help you to be true to your heart. Hereís a look at what
they are finding.
Almonds are a source of several types of antioxidants
Consuming antioxidant-rich foods is thought to prevent
damage to cells in your body, a mechanism implicated in the
development of chronic disease. Fruits and vegetables have
long been known for their antioxidant content, but more
recently researchers at Tufts University discovered that
almonds also contain several antioxidant compounds, in
amounts similar to levels found in many fruits and
vegetables. One serving of almonds or about a
handful, for instance, contains the same amount of
antioxidants as a serving of cooked broccoli or a serving of
brewed green or black tea.
Eating almonds may improve blood sugar levels
sugar levels in a normal range can help to reduce the risk
of heart disease. Almonds are a food that causes a minimal
rise in blood sugar levels, also known as low-glycemic. But
did you know almonds may also help to reduce blood sugar
levels following a carbohydrate based meal?
Almonds play a key role in a cholesterol lowering eating
A one year study published by the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition showed that eating a certain
combination of heart-healthy foods, including almonds,
oatmeal, lean meats and fish can help reduce LDL
cholesterol, or ďbadĒ cholesterol as much as a
cholesterol-lowering drug. This combination is called the
Portfolio Eating Plan.
Almonds are a satisfying snack that may help with weight
Weight control is an important step on the road
to a healthy heart. However, in the pursuit of weight loss,
feelings of deprivation and hunger often get in the way.
These feelings are seen as the opponent of many dieters and
often cited as the reason for throwing in the towel on
weight loss efforts. Thatís why many researchers are working
to identify those foods that are satisfying and can help
keep hunger at bay. Research on almonds is showing that this
nut may be one of those satiating foods.
Almonds are a storehouse of nutrients
One service, 160-calorie handful of almonds is an excellent
source of vitamin E and magnesium, a good source of protein
and fibre, and offers potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron,
and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
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