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Almonds: Good, Quality Fats

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
AlmondsAlmonds don’t make you lose weight but they can be part of a healthy weight-loss diet. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and supported by the Almond Board of California, states that almonds are a healthy snack substitute for dieters, which may help to stick to a calorie-controlled diet and lower their cholesterol at the same time.

In spite of the high fat content of almonds, studies have shown that eating almonds regularly may help lower factors associated with heart disease, including cholesterol and blood lipids. However, like many nuts, almonds may cause allergy or intolerance. Almonds contain approximately 49% oils, of which 62% is monounsaturated oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 24% is linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acid), and 6% is palmitic acid (a saturated fatty acid).

Snacks like nuts, promoted as a healthy source of nutrients by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are generally considered off-limits to dieters because of their high fat content. Almonds are particularly rich in magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin E, as well as being a good source of dietary fiber and calcium. When dieters are limiting how many calories they eat, it’s important they eat foods that are nutrient dense, with a nice level of vitamins and minerals, and good quality fats. Almonds are one of the best sources of these good quality fats and can be helpful to people struggling with weight management, who often crave something crunchy, and easy-to-eat.

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