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The Skinny On: Almonds

Almonds are high up there up in the food chain, literally. These nutritionally dense nuts provide a whole lot of goodness.

One one-ounce serving of raw almonds (or about a handful) packs a ton of health benefits such as: vitamin c, magnesium, monounsaturated fat (one of the "good" fats that can also be found in olive oil), protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and antioxidants. What a nut!

To find out why you should start eating a handful a day,

  • They are a nutritionally dense food.
  • A daily handful has been proven to lower the LDL cholesterol (more commonly known as the "bad" cholesterol).
  • The antioxidants help reduce your risk for heart disease.
  • In terms of weight loss, the monounsaturated fats help satisfy your hunger which in turn keeps you eating less.

Fit's Tip: It has been reported that roasted nuts are not nearly as good for you as raw -- the reason being that when you roast them the good oils become damaged. Also, steer clear of almonds that are "salted" to keep your sodium intake down.

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DStirk DStirk 10 years
Haha. Upper body only!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
awww fitness girl. Let me guess... does your husband lift weights fanatically LOL!??
DStirk DStirk 10 years
OMG, my husband does the same for me! We married well designrchic!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
AJS, we eat the same snacks! those Kashi crackers are great. My husband sometimes packs a handful of Almonds in my lunch bag.
AJS AJS 10 years
I love almonds and eat them every single day for lunch! Sometimes I bring almonds and Kashi crackers with me to work for a nice late afternoon snack. Now that is yumtastic!
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