Healthy foodies should have a handful of nuts every day, without exception. They are filling, loaded with "good" mononunsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and taste great, too.
An Australian food blogger posted some useful info this week about why almonds might be the best nut of them all. Here are excerpts from her site, www.foodwatch.com.au.
What's so special about almonds?
- Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats which are good fats to have in your diet. Almonds boast an impressive 66 per cent of their total fat as monounsaturated fat (pretty high - remember olive oil comes in at 75) along with 23 per cent polyunsaturated and only 7 per cent saturated.
- They load you up with antioxidant vitamin E and an amino acid called arginine, both of which work to keep blood vessels clear of fatty plaques that could otherwise cause blockages. All good news for your heart.
- Almonds are also a surprisingly good source of calcium. A handful has 70mg calcium, as much as in 1/3 cup of ricotta cheese.
- They’re packed with other essential nutrients including B vitamins, minerals (think magnesium, zinc and potassium) and protein.