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Updated 19 February 2013

Go nuts for your health

If you love nuts, here's some great news for you: nuts are packed with nutrients that boost your health in many different ways.

If you love nuts, here's some great news for you: nuts are packed with nutrients that boost your health in many different ways. Snacking on small portions of nuts can help lower your cholesterol levels, reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, and even help fight cancer.

Almonds are an excellent source of calcium; magnesium (for strong bones); protein and vitamin E, all of which are known to help prevent cancer, boost the immune system and protect against cardiovascular diseases. A Loma Linda School of Public Health study showed that the risk of heart disease could be significantly reduced by up to 50% when consuming almonds on a regular basis. Almonds also lower the risk of high cholesterol levels and play a role in controlling diabetes.

Almonds are considered to be the healthiest of all nuts. Almonds are ideal as a healthy snacking alternative and are an excellent dietary choice for those seeking to lose or control their weight. WeightWatchers claim that almonds are "a healthy and satisfying snack when enjoyed in moderation". Almonds can be included as a garnish to desserts and are commonly used as a base ingredient in certain curry dishes.

 
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