8/9/17 — almonds

15 a Day Keeps the Doctor Away:

Almonds

 

Fun Fact:  (1st Century AD)  The doctrine of signatures compared the carrot and almond’s appearance to that of the eye, and they help the eyes.

(Think about what mushrooms, walnuts, kidney beans, tomatoes, etc. resemble.)

Fun Fact II:  Our eyes contain some of the smallest blood vessels in our body and can be difficult to repair if damaged.

Not-So-Fun Fact:  The number of people worldwide projected to have type 2 diabetes by 2035 is almost 600 million.

 

Almonds can help prevent:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • eye issues
    • prevent abnormal changes to the lenses that speed up the development of cataracts
    • prevent early cortical lens opacities

 

What do almonds contain?

  • Vitamin E
  • antioxidants
  • heart healthy fats
  • protein
  • inorganic compounds like minerals

 

Almond butter!

  • keeps you satiated!
  • source of healthy fat
  • source of manganese: helps to regulate blood sugar and metabolism

 

Studies:

  • 12-15 almonds improved HDL cholesterol in patients who had pre-existing coronary artery disease
    • reductions in triglycerides
    • reductions in total cholesterol, including LDL cholesterol and VLDL
    • reductions in chronic inflammation
    • reductions in the development of vascular diseases
  • 2 ounces of almonds daily for 4 weeks
    • reductions in insulin resistance
    • reductions in fasting insulin
    • reductions in glucose
    • improvements in cholesterol ratios
    • improvements in body fat percentage
    • improvements in nutritional status (magnesium, fiber, fatty acid profile)
  • snacking on 1/3 cup of almonds reduced blood sugar

 

Hot Tips:

  • Buy organic.
  • Keep them in the refrigerator or freezer so that they don’t go rancid.
  • Buy from a source with high turnover.  If they’ve been sitting for a while, they might be rancid.
  • In the U.S., there is no other way to buy raw, unpasteurized almonds than to buy directly from the farmer who grew them.  (I included a link below of a source online.)
  • Buy from farmers markets.

 

Tomorrow:

Want a yummy way to use almond butter, ginger, cacao, coconut oil, and more?

 

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