It's good to go nuts
Including almonds in your diet is the perfect way to recognize Heart Month
February is Heart Month, the perfect occasion to eat right, including snacks that love your heart right back. And this includes nutritionally dense almonds.
A one-ounce, 164-calorie serving of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, and a good source of fibre. It also contains heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat, protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron.
“Eating a handful of almonds a day can help maintain a healthy cholesterol level,” says registered dietitian Jean Lamantia.
According to a recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition, people who added almonds as a snack to their regular diet increased their overall intake of several important nutrients. (The study’s researchers concluded that incorporating almonds in a diet may promote the natural dis- placement of less nutrient-dense foods.)
Another recent study, this one in the International Journal of Obesity, found that adding some almonds to a low-calorie diet each day enhanced weight loss and significantly improved risk factors associated with heart disease, when compared to a low-fat, low-calorie diet, sans almonds. Researchers found that the hearthealthy fat of almonds is satiating and kept patients from overeating.
This photo provided by the Almond Board of California shows honey and fennel glazed almonds. These golden, fragrant almonds with the distinctive licorice-like fennel flavour make a seductive snack with nutritional benefits.