Sunday, 5 December 2010

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Almonds/Mandler/杏仁[xìngrén]


Serving Ideas:
1. Add a punch to plain yogurt by mixing in some chopped almonds and dried fruit.

2. Enhance a healthy sauté of curried vegetables with sliced almonds.

3. Add some almond butter to a breakfast shake to boost its taste and protein content.

4. Almonds and apple slices make a wonderfully simple, on-the-go power snack.

5. Add sliced almonds to chicken salad.

Warnings:
Do not eat commercial prepared almonds though. The commercial roasting process of nuts is a form of deep-frying, usually in saturated fat, such as coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Deep-fried foods have been linked to high levels of LDL (the bad form of cholesterol) and to thickening of larger artery walls.

Nutritional Value:
Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E and manganese. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, copper, riboflavin (vitamin B2), zinc and phosphorus. Fortunately, although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, most of it (11 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

References:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20

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