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The Health-Benefits of Almonds

The Nutritional Aspects of Almonds
Almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts. Experts have discovered that consuming the natural fats and nutritional elements in almonds enhances one’s health in several ways.
Cancer Prevention – Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients – calcium and magnesium – for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Phytochemical Power-Pack – Leading nutrition scientists presented their research findings in a symposium entitled “Nuts in a Healthful Diet”, as a part of the 1998 Experimental Biology annual meeting. Dr. Gary Beecher (USDA-ARS), who has analyzed the phytochemical content of almonds, proclaimed, “I have never seen this diversity of phytochemicals in a single food source.”
Reducing Heart Attack Risk – In California, where almonds are farmed, a Loma Linda School of Public Health study indicated that people who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in the risk of heart attacks.
Lowering Cholesterol – In one clinical study, Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc., showed that adding almonds to one’s diet has a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels. Nobody in the study-groups experienced weight gain.
Almonds contain rhizveritrol (or resveratrol), the anti-inflammatory agent found in red wines and thought to be responsible for the “French paradox”. Many scientists have pointed to the French consumption of red wine as one factor in the lower rate of heart disease despite their diets rich in cream sauces and buttery pastries. The fat in nuts is unsaturated, otherwise known as “the good fat”, and contains no cholesterol.
One ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein, and absolutely no cholesterol. You’ll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities.
The delicious almond is loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiberCalcium and folic acid abound here as well.
No wonder almonds are a perennial favourite world-wide.
20-25 almonds (approximately one ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, a valuable tool in preventing osteoporosis.
Almonds are the best whole-food source of vitamin E, in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which may help prevent cancer.
Almonds are a great source of the folic acid which is so important to pregnant women.
Almonds contain more magnesium per unit than oatmeal or even spinach.
Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
Some naturally-occurring fats, such as those in almonds, are actually good for you. The American Heart Association has recently eased up on its recommendation that no more than 30 percent of our calories come from fat. They now say that additional fat is benign, as long as it’s unsaturated–like the good, mono-unsaturated fat found in almonds.
Almonds are rich in the vitamins and minerals that help to build a healthy heart, especially vitamin E. Almonds are cholesterol-free. A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but rich in the monounsaturated fat found in almonds, can help reduce heart disease.
Research conducted at Penn State University indicated that the phytochemicals in almonds inhibited tumor cell growth. A one-ounce serving of almonds provides more than 35 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin E. Other studies suggest that anti-oxidant vitamin E may protect against prostate and cervical cancers.
The calcium and monounsaturated fat found in almonds may lower risks of colon cancers. Almonds’ fiber content may also help protect against the disease. The folic acid in almonds may help reduce the risk of cervical cancers. Medical scientists in Finland have linked almonds to a reduction in risk of lung cancers.
~~M-J de Mesterton


Delicious Home-Roasted Almonds and New Products from Blue Diamond Almonds of California


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The Health-Benefits of Almonds

The Nutritional Aspects of Almonds
Almonds are the most nutritious of all nuts. Experts have discovered that consuming the natural fats and nutritional elements in almonds enhances one’s health in several ways.
Cancer Prevention – Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients – calcium and magnesium – for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Phytochemical Power-Pack – Leading nutrition scientists presented their research findings in a symposium entitled “Nuts in a Healthful Diet”, as a part of the 1998 Experimental Biology annual meeting. Dr. Gary Beecher (USDA-ARS), who has analyzed the phytochemical content of almonds, proclaimed, “I have never seen this diversity of phytochemicals in a single food source.”
Reducing Heart Attack Risk – In California, where almonds are farmed, a Loma Linda School of Public Health study indicated that people who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in the risk of heart attacks.
Lowering Cholesterol – In one clinical study, Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc., showed that adding almonds to one’s diet has a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels. Nobody in the study-groups experienced weight gain.
Almonds contain rhizveritrol (or resveratrol), the anti-inflammatory agent found in red wines and thought to be responsible for the “French paradox”. Many scientists have pointed to the French consumption of red wine as one factor in the lower rate of heart disease despite their diets rich in cream sauces and buttery pastries. The fat in nuts is unsaturated, otherwise known as “the good fat”, and contains no cholesterol.
One ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein, and absolutely no cholesterol. You’ll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities.
The delicious almond is loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, as well as lots of healthy fiberCalcium and folic acid abound here as well.
No wonder almonds are a perennial favourite world-wide.
20-25 almonds (approximately one ounce) contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, a valuable tool in preventing osteoporosis.
Almonds are the best whole-food source of vitamin E, in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which may help prevent cancer.
Almonds are a great source of the folic acid which is so important to pregnant women.
Almonds contain more magnesium per unit than oatmeal or even spinach.
Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
Some naturally-occurring fats, such as those in almonds, are actually good for you. The American Heart Association has recently eased up on its recommendation that no more than 30 percent of our calories come from fat. They now say that additional fat is benign, as long as it’s unsaturated–like the good, mono-unsaturated fat found in almonds.
Almonds are rich in the vitamins and minerals that help to build a healthy heart, especially vitamin E. Almonds are cholesterol-free. A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but rich in the monounsaturated fat found in almonds, can help reduce heart disease.
Research conducted at Penn State University indicated that the phytochemicals in almonds inhibited tumor cell growth. A one-ounce serving of almonds provides more than 35 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin E. Other studies suggest that anti-oxidant vitamin E may protect against prostate and cervical cancers.
The calcium and monounsaturated fat found in almonds may lower risks of colon cancers. Almonds’ fiber content may also help protect against the disease. The folic acid in almonds may help reduce the risk of cervical cancers. Medical scientists in Finland have linked almonds to a reduction in risk of lung cancers.
~~M-J de Mesterton


Delicious Home-Roasted Almonds and New Products from Blue Diamond Almonds of California


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M-J’s Blueberry-Fruit Smoothie Revisited

M-J de Mesterton: Still Life with SmoothieM-J’s 2009 Article on Health-Enhancing Blueberries

Ginger, Chilean black grapes, plain yoghurt, bananas, apples, oranges, frozen blueberries, strawberries and a bit of honey are blended in an Osterizer for a health-enhancing morning drink.
~~M-J de Mesterton, 2009

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Yams and Sweet Potatoes: Versatile, Health-Promoting Vegetables

Yams and Sweet Potatoes

Eating yams or sweet potatoes every day is believed to be one of the reasons  the people of Okinawa, Japan, have the longest average life expectancy in the world.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the yam is “neutral” in nature–somewhere between yin and yang. Its properties can help to tranquilise the mind, preserve youthful skin, nourish the spleen, stomach, kidneys, aid in digestion, and contribute to a feeling of fullness, something that can aid both dieters and poor people.

Yams contain vitamin B6, which can soothe the mind as well as boost immunity. Rich in linoleic acid and fibre, yams not only help to alleviate constipation, but can also reduce cholesterol build-up blood vessels, a process which helps prevent arteriosclerosis and thrombosis.

The yam is rich in protein, vitamins A , E and C, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Although its vitamin B1 and B2 content is six and three times higher than that of rice respectively, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of yams produce only 99 calories, a one-third the amount that rice contains. Because yams are alkaline foods, they can help decrease body fat. Acid foods lead to fat-storage in the human body. Yams and sweet potatoes also contain lycopene, which is believed to help prevent prostate cancer. A hormone-like, anti-inflammatory  compound called dioscin exists in both yams and sweet potatoes, as well as vitamin C and carotenoids.

Sweet potatoes and yams have the same qualities, even though they are from different families, so substituting the root-vegetable known as sweet potato for yams is perfectly acceptable and will yield the same health-results when eaten. If the yam or sweet potato is too sweet for your liking, there are several ways to incorporate them into your diet that will make them seem less so. For example, a well-scrubbed yam may be chopped into matchsticks or slivers, fibrous skin and all, and added to a stir-fry. Adding soy sauce to sweet potatoes and yams will give them a more balanced taste. Soaking them in Himalayan salt solution will also do wonders for the flavour of sweet potatoes and yams.

The shirataki noodle, which contains soya and yam flour, is considered an excellent weight-loss food because it is low in carbohydrates while being high in glucomannan, a high-quality fibre (fiber).

A stir-fried dish of shirataki noodles, yams, onions, ginger, pineapple and peanuts is pictured here in a previous post at Elegant Survival News.

~~M-J de Mesterton, January 2nd 2010

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M-J’s Winter Health Smoothie

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One half-cup of water, one fourth-cup of lemon juice, one jalapeño or serrano pepper (roasted, pickled or fresh), two stalks of celery, one-half of a cucumber, one tablespoon of thick yoghurt or one half-cup of buttermilk, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of parsley, all whirled in a blender till smooth. Add water if necessary for processing.

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