Part three of our warming and immune-enhancing foods series; last week, we looked at lentils.
Nuts have many health benefits, and almonds are a standout even among these star performers. Almonds are high in protein and fiber, low in saturated fat, and rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), magnesium and manganese. A 4-ounce serving (about 100 nuts) contains only 4 grams of saturated fat. Compare this to a similar portion of cheddar or American cheese, which contains 24 grams of saturated fat. Almonds are a wonderful snack food and go well with apple slices and can also be added chopped to salads to provide crunchiness and protein. Roasting appears to have little impact on nutrient content--but eating almonds with the skin may enhance their antioxidant value and reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol, which is associated with heart disease. For immune compromised individuals, roasted almonds may be a bit safer, as there have been rare reports of salmonella in raw almonds.
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