Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Healthy Almonds

We roast them fresh in each of our stores.    The only thing we add is light salt, no oils.  You can also special order nuts without salt.  Just call in advance and we will roast them to order.

The Wine and Cheese Place only buys premium grade nuts.    We then roast them daily in each of our stores.    Pre-packaged nuts contain oils and preservatives that are not healthy.

The Wine and Cheese Place Nuts

  • Dry Roasted
  • No Oils added
  • Fresh
  • With our without salt

Of all the things to love about almonds, this one should really get your heart pumping: Just a handful of almonds a day may help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. And that’s good news for just about everyone as cardiovascular disease holds its spot as the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S.

California Almonds are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, making them a deliciously tempting option for smarter meals and snacks. And research is now showing they may also help maintain a healthy heart. In 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a health claim recognizing that California Almonds can help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level. And no, you’re not dreaming.
California Almonds are great for when it comes to nutrition. Just a handful of them a day is a tasty way for your patients to get more of the crucial nutrients they need to stay healthy.

Whole almonds are a naturally high source of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Additionally, they are a natural source of protein and naturally high in fiber, while being naturally low in sugars.

Plus, a 1 ounce serving has 13g of good unsaturated fats, just 1g of saturated fat, is  always cholesterol free. Almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin, and niacin when compared ounce for ounce.

As if the delicious crunch of almonds isn't reason enough for your patients to enjoy them, their vitamin-E content makes them antioxidant powerhouses that help fight damaging free radicals.

The body needs oxygen, there's no question about it. But when the body burns oxygen, unstable molecules known as free radicals form. Free radicals are harmful because when they look to replace their missing electron, they can damage the body's cells, tissues, and even DNA. Researchers believe this process may contribute to the development of some chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.1 Antioxidants, like alpha-tocopherol (AT) vitamin E found in almonds, help the body neutralize free radicals by immediately donating the needed electron.

Almonds are one of the best food sources of AT vitamin E, which the National Academy of Sciences has identified as the only type of vitamin E that makes itself available to cells in the circulatory system. According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (see chart below), almonds rank strongly among food containing AT vitamin E, and one ounce of almonds contains 7.4 milligrams or 35% of the Daily Value of this nutrient.

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