The Able Almond

December 21st, 2009

almondnoshell_03It may seem hard to believe, but one of the best foods for your cholesterol is high in fat! Almonds have a high monounsaturated fat content, which, unlike saturated fats, has been associated with a reduced risk for heart disease.

Recent research has shown that including a handful of almonds in your daily diet can help raise your good cholesterol (HDL) and lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). Researchers believe that almonds provide the right balance of protein, fat and fiber to make you feel full and satisfied, reducing your desire to overeat or binge on empty calories.

almondnoshell_02Almonds contain practically no carbohydrates, making them an excellent flour base for diabetics or those on low-carb diets. Almond flour is also gluten-free and often used in place of wheat flour for those with gluten allergies.

Almonds are also a rich source of Vitamin E –a powerful antioxidant– and calcium, which helps prevent osteoporosis. The health benefits of almonds are almost as numerous as the ways you can enjoy them! You of course can consume raw almonds as a snack, but if you’d like to incorporate them into your meals why not try Cranberry Almond Stuffed Squash. Got a sweet tooth? Try these delicious Almond Butter Cups!