Are Almonds Good for You?


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Yes, almonds are considered one of the healthiest foods as of 2014. Almonds are high in healthy fats and minerals that are essential for the body.

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Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, which raise HDL cholesterol in the blood (the "good" cholesterol") and lower LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol). The high amounts of manganese and potassium in almonds also relax blood vessels. These three benefits can significantly decrease the risk of heart disease by increasing blood flow and increasing oxygen perfusion. Almonds can also decrease the risk of diabetes by decreasing the post-meal rise in blood sugar as well as counteracting free radicals in the blood.

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