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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bring in the winter chill with Almonds!

Prembabu Sharma

Almonds are here to stay this winter season. These gorgeous golden nuts complete winters with a touch of their distinctive taste and flavor. Almonds contain maximum nutrients in comparison to all other nuts. In winters, when you need to take care of your skin and overall health, a handful of almonds in morning are the absolute answer! They can also be used as appetizing snacks before the grand meal or a lip smacking desserts afterwards. Almonds are increasingly becoming the most preferred gifts as they are a symbol of good luck, good health and good fortune.


Bollywood actress, Karisma Kapoor says,“During winters, I always reach out for almonds as they are delicious and completely guilt free at the same time. I love gifting my family and friends almonds as I want to share the goodness of almonds with them. Eating a handful of almonds is my healthy & natural way to keep balance in my life.”

And just not winters, almonds are ideal for every season. It is a known fact that a handful of pealed almonds are the perfect supplement to your breakfast. California almonds are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, making them a deliciously tempting option for smarter meals and snacks and help maintain a healthy heart. Studies conducted around the world have shown that consuming almonds everyday can contribute to lowering LDL or “bad” cholesterol and help increase the HDL “good” cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy balance of cholesterol is an important factor in minimizing the risk of heart disease.

In addition to being a smart choice for maintaining a healthy heart, almonds can help maintain healthy levels of insulin, which can encourage healthy blood glucose balance and levels of satiety. Also when included in a breakfast meal, almonds encourage day-long insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes and keep them active and energized. They are a great snack for people with diabetes since they have a small impact on blood glucose levels and don’t stimulate insulin release in the body, which can lead to increased hunger.

Moreover, almonds are a great source of Vitamin ‘E’ and protein. Amongst dry fruits, almonds are the highest on calcium which make them an excellent supplement for vegetarians.

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