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Almonds Lower Cholesterol

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 09:25 AM

In some cultures, almonds are symbols of hope or good fortune. That actually seems appropriate, as we now know that they lead to good heart health as well.

Eating just a handful of almonds each day has been found to lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 9 percent.

In addition to lowering cholesterol, almonds are loaded with the antioxidant vitamin E and essential minerals such as:

• Calcium
• Iron
• Magnesium
• Phosphorus
• Potassium
• Zinc

They also contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein.

But perhaps the best thing about almonds is that even though they may taste fattening, they actually contain the “good” monounsaturated oils, not the nasty saturated stuff. So they can fill you up without getting you fat.

Also, almond flour can also be substituted as a healthier alternative to refined white (wheat) flour when baking.

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