Almonds For A Healthy Heart
Almonds promote a healthy heart in many ways. This powerpacked nut is a source of various nutrients required by the human body.
The vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, and antioxidants found in the nuts have been scientifically proven to help improve blood flow and general heart health. The cholesterol-lowering effects of almonds can also help almond snackers maintain healthy hearts.
Have almonds in breakfast: The addition of almonds to breakfast long hailed as the most important meal of the day provides many nutrients that contribute to heart health, namely, fibre, mono-saturated fat, vitamin E and phyto-chemicals. Research has shown that these nutrients help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Have a handful of almonds: Of all the things to love about almonds, this one’s bound to get your heart pumping: consuming just a handful of almonds daily helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. And that’s a respite for most of us as cardiovascular diseases are on the rise in India. So make it a habit to snack on almonds at home, on the go, watching TV or working.
Get your daily dose of antioxidants: Do you know which type of vitamin E the human body absorbs best? It’s called alpha-tocopherol vitamin E and almonds are one of the leading food sources of this important antioxidant. It can help neutralize harmful free radicals in your body which are unstable molecules that form as your body burns oxygen. Free radicals can damage your cells, tissues, and even your DNA. Researchers believe this process may contribute to the development of some chronic diseases such as cancer and heart diseases.
Manage your weight: To keep your body and especially your heart in the best possible shape, it’s important to maintain your weight. Obesity is one of the most common reasons for Heart related disorders. Almonds don’t just fight hunger pangs; they also provide fiber, “good” monounsaturated fats, and 6 grams of protein to help give you that “full” feeling. Almonds offer key benefits to anyone trying to watch those kilos, namely satiety; more quality calories with more nutrients; crunch; and undeniable tasty flavor.
Consume in multiple ways: Sliced, diced, roasted, blanched or flavored! Almonds can be consumed in various forms. They are scrumptious, stacked with nutrients and form an integral part of many homemade recipes in India. What’s more? These tiny, easy to eat nuts compliment virtually every food they grace with their characteristic taste and satisfying crunch! So toss some almonds in your bowl of corn flakes for breakfast or add a handful of almonds in your salad for lunch. Snack on almonds while having your evening tea or just stir up a healthy almond shake.
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