Food Item of The Week: Almonds
· “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Reported by the FDA in July 2003.
· 70% of the fat in almonds in monounsaturated fat, the healthy fat
· One ounce of almonds contains 80 mg of calcium!
· Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin E
· Almonds are an excellent source of protein. A quarter-cup contains 7.62 grams-more protein than is provided by the typical egg
· Almonds make a great pre-workout snack since they help promote energy thanks to their manganese and copper content which both produce the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which keeps energy flowing
· Almond butter is a great alternative to spread on celery or Ezekial bread for a snack or breakfast