Why Almonds Are Good for You

February 11, 2015

There are some that like to say that almonds are one of the world’s most healthy foods.  And based on the many studies done of almonds and their links to a better you – they may indeed be one of the world’s most healthy food. According to the FDA, consuming 1.5 ounces a day of most nuts, like almonds, may decrease the risk of heart disease.  Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of fats as found in olive oil, which have been linked with reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds contain manganese, copper and Riboflavin which support energy and metabolic rate.  The fiber, protein and fat in almonds mean it only takes a few almonds to keep you feeling full so you won't feel like you need to overeat.  Although nuts are known to provide myriad benefits, numerous people avoid them for fear of weight gain. Individuals who ate nuts at least two times a week were much less likely to put on weight than those who rarely ate nuts. As almonds have a high fat content, it is vital to store them correctly in order to guard them from becoming bad. Store shelled almonds in a sealed container, in a cool dry place, away from exposure to sunlight. Keeping almonds cold will also defend them from becoming rancid and extend their freshness. Refrigerated almonds will keep for several months; if stored in the freezer almonds can be kept for up to a year.