Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Almighty Almonds

Every diet suggests almonds as the perfect snack, but is that just because they are better than chips, cookies and crackers? Not only! Almonds are a great snack choice because they contain many nutrients and can improve your overall health. Eating almonds can keep your heart healthy, reduce cholesterol, and help you manage your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Almonds are the most nutrient dense nut. They contain vitamin E to protect against cell damage, magnesium and calcium to keep your bones strong, fiber to aid digestion and heart health, protein for your bones, muscles, hair, skin and other tissues, potassium, phosphorus iron, and monounsaturated fat, which in the place of saturated fat, helps lower your cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.

Serving Size = one ounce = 23 almonds = 160 calories
One ounce of almonds is equal to a handful, a 1/4 measuring cup, a mint tin, a one once spice bottle, or two wells of an ice-cube tray.

Blue Diamond packages almonds in 1.5 ounze servings. They offer 5 flavors: Lime N Chile, Wasabi and Soy, Whole Natural, Jalapeno Smokehouse, and Smokehouse.