FIVE REA­SONS TO... SNACK ON AL­MONDS

Gloucestershire Echo - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

STRICTLY star Karen Clifton re­cently re­vealed that a daily hand­ful of al­monds (28g or around 23 nuts) helps with her train­ing.

The star said she al­ways makes sure she has “all the fruits around and lots of al­monds!”

But Karen is not alone in her healthy snack choices. Regis­tered di­eti­tian, Juli­ette Kel­low, hails some of the ben­e­fits of snack­ing on this won­der nut:

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EN­ERGY LEV­ELS: “Al­monds are rich in a wide va­ri­ety of nu­tri­ents which can help to keep us go­ing through­out the day and sup­port an ac­tive life­style.”

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MUS­CLE FUNC­TION: “They’re a nat­u­ral source of plant protein, which con­trib­utes to the growth and main­te­nance of mus­cle mass, plus they’re packed with cal­cium, mag­ne­sium and phos­pho­rus, which help mus­cles to func­tion prop­erly – all vi­tal when you’re train­ing in the dance stu­dio for hours.”

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FA­TIGUE: “Danc­ing for hours on end each day is bound to leave any­one feel­ing tired and fa­tigued – good news then that al­monds con­tain nu­tri­ents such as mag­ne­sium, iron and fo­late, which help to com­bat this.”

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SKIN: “Al­monds are high in zinc and vi­ta­min B2 (ri­boflavin), which con­tribute to the main­te­nance of skin – per­fect for show­ing off in all those skimpy out­fits.”

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A 2015 study also found that a daily snack of 42g of al­monds, in­stead of a high-car­bo­hy­drate snack with equal calo­ries, as part of a choles­terol­low­er­ing diet, helped re­duce belly fat and im­proved choles­terol lev­els.

Karen Clifton with Ca­su­alty star Charles Venn in Strictly Come Danc­ing

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