Second post

November 28, 2009

I still feel very new to this, so I hope some random posts are enough to interest people.

One of my favorite things to eat are almonds and almond nut butter.

Almonds are a  good source of protein (6 grams per one ounce) along with dietary fiber, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E. I have also read that almonds are the only good source of protein that is also an excellent source of vitamin E.

Healthy facts that are worthy to know:

  • Vitamin E – Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that has been shown to decrease the risk for certain forms of cancer, heart disease and cataracts. Vitamin E is also needed for healthy blood cells and tissues.
  • Folic Acid – Almonds, like other fruits and vegetables, make an important contribution to a diet adequate in folic acid, or folate. This important B-vitamin can reduce the risk for neural tube defects (birth defects) and is essential for making red blood cells.
  • Protein – almonds contain protein which is necessary for healthy muscles, blood and organs, and it can also be used for energy.
  • Fiber – almonds are a solid source of dietary fiber – the part of the plant foods that is not digested in the human body. Fiber appears to protect against heart disease and other serious ailments.
  • Iron – An ounce of almonds is also a good source of iron, an essential mineral that helps carry oxygen to all of the body’s cells and organs.  
  • Magnesium – Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral used in building bones, making protein and releasing energy from muscles. It’s also needed for calcium and potassium balance in the body.
  • Phosphorous – Almonds are a good source of phosphorous – the second most abundant mineral in the body. This important mineral is needed for strong bones and teeth, and helps the body use protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Raw almonds

Fun Fact:  The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. There have been documented findings that nutmeats and dried fruits were viewed as specialties of this time, because the growth of these foods was not as prevalent as today.

How do you like almonds? Are they one of your favorite nuts?

Their good on their own, in trail mix, in hot and cold cereals, in salads, and as nut butter form. They can also be in chocolate-covered form.

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One Response to “Second post”

  1. kbwood said

    thank you for that sweet comment girl!! i love all that info about nuts!

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