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Enjoy A Daily Serving Of Almonds

Woman eating almonds
Let’s face it. There are a lot of nuts out there. There’s the peanut, the pistachio, the macadamia, the pine nut, the cashew; the list goes on. But perhaps the most ambitious member of the nut family is the almond. Since 2005, almonds have been taking America by storm, growing in demand by more than 220%. As of today, the average American consumes over two pounds of almonds per year. And why shouldn’t the almond get its due? We owe a lot to the almond! Without the almond, there would be no Hershey’s with Almonds, Snickers with Almonds, almond milk, Rocky Road Ice Cream, and perhaps, most devastatingly, Almond Joy! So what is behind the Almond Seduction of America? Let’s investigate!

1.  Almonds prevent heart disease
Almonds contain mono saturated fatty acid, or MUFA, as well as antioxidants. The presence of flavanoids in the skin of the nut, works along with Vitamin E to decrease inflammation and improve the function of your arteries.

Almonds also pack in the nutrients when it comes to keeping the heart health. They contain, copper, manganese, calcium, potassium and magnesium and helps to lower “bad cholesterol.”

2. Almonds are good for your brain
That’s why people who eat almonds are so smart! Almonds are unique in that they contain L-carnitine and riboflavin, nutrients which are known for their abilities to accelerate neurological activity and decrease cognitive decline. The elderly are advised to eat almonds regularly because of the association between nuts and the reduction in brain disorders, like Alzheimer’s Disease.

3. Almonds are good for your skin
Almonds contain loads of Vitamin E and antioxidants that reduce the signs of aging.The concentration of nutrients like catechin, flavonol antioxidants, and epicatechin fights skin cancer and reverses damage and stress from pollution, an unhealthy diet, and exposure to UV light. The healthy fat content in almonds also improves circulation, helps to hydrate skin and heal wounds.

4. Almonds Keep Blood Sugar Level Down
Remember those MUFAs we were talking about? Well, they do more than prevent heart disease. They also slow down the rate of sugar entering the blood stream and control insulin resistance. Almonds also help to decrease risks associated with diabetes, like oxidative stress, obesity and inflammation.

5. Almonds Help You Lose Weight
Almonds got a bad rap for a while because of their high fat and calorie content, but then scientists found out it was mono saturated fat and, now its all good! Besides healthy fats, almonds also contain dietary fiber which keeps you full and prevents the temptation to overeat and over snack.

According to the Nurse’s Health study, these nuts also support an active metabolism and according to a 2003 article in the International Journal of Obesity, women who consumed almonds experienced more weight reduction then those who did not.

If your an almond lover, let us know what you do with your nuts! We always appreciate your comments, advice, and suggestions.

Foods That Protect Your Skin From the Sun

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” and here’s another reason to believe that’s true. Did you know that by eating certain plant compounds, you could gain some of the same sun protection for your skin that plants themselves use? Of course, that’s not a license to go lay out in midday sun all summer without protection, but the following foods may increase your skin’s ability to ward off damage from the sun.

Berries in a basket

Berries
It’s not hard to find a reason to eat berries, but add them to the list of foods that can protect your skin from the sun. These fruits are full of vitamin C, a well-known antioxidant, which boosts collagen production in the skin.

Citrus
One medium orange not only contains about 75 percent of the RDI of vitamin C, but it also contains the skin-protecting pigment beta-carotene, which a study published by Molecular Biotechnology showed decreased skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.

Carrot juice and carrots

Carrots
The same pigment that gives the carrot its protection from the sun may also keep your skin from getting blistered. Besides being rich in beta-carotene, carrots also taste delicious dipped in hummus or mixed into homemade coleslaw.

Leafy Greens
Rich in both Vitamin C and carotenoids, leafy greens, such as leaf lettuce and spinach, protect your skin with an antioxidant double whammy! P.S. The darker the greens, the better!

Almonds

Almonds
Not only does the vitamin E in almonds help prevent and reduce the severity of sunburn, but combined with vitamin C-rich foods, the protection offered from both foods is maximized. Try tossing some almonds and strawberries into a salad for a delicious and skin-loving combo.

Cantaloupe
A summer staple, cantaloupe protects your skin by helping you stay hydrated and giving you a dose of lycopene, another naturally occurring plant pigment. Research done by the Journal of British Dermatology shows lycopene may decrease skin’s sensitivity to UV rays. Bonus: you guessed it; cantaloupe is a vitamin C powerhouse!

Bell peppers

Bell Peppers
Rich in both vitamin C and carotenoids, bell peppers are an easy-to-use food in your healthy skin diet.

Tomato Paste
Tomatoes are another lycopene-rich food but according to a 2011 study from the British Journal of Dermatology, the bioavailability of the carotenoid may be greater in processed tomato products. Try using tomato paste as a base for soups or in a sauce.

green tea

Green Tea
A 2010 review in the Archives of Dermatology suggests that a diet rich in polyphenols can defend skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. One to two cups a day of this light-tasting tea can help you take advantage of its skin-protecting

Flaxseed
Like almonds, flaxseed is full of vitamin E. Take advantage of the C & E combo by mixing some ground flaxseed into a smoothie with some kale and blueberries.

It’s important to remember that while adding these foods to your diet may prevent burns or lessen the intensity of damage done by the sun, you should always take proper caution when being outdoors for an extended period of time. Along with eating these foods, you can avoid the sun altogether during peak hours (from around 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), wear protective clothing when you will be in direct sunlight, and wear sunscreen daily.

Eat These 5 Nuts for Healthy Skin

Nuts are exceptional to add to any diet, but all too often they get overlooked for fat or calorie content. While they may be higher in these areas, nuts provide benefits in so many areas from brain and bone health to clearer, healthier skin. Not all nuts are quite equal when it comes to skin care benefits. Below, find five of our favorite nuts that give you healthy skin.

Almonds

Almonds
Almonds are such a delicious way to treat your skin. Eating almonds benefits all skin types, but they may be especially useful if you are experiencing acne, psoriasis or eczema. Almonds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and they contain antioxidant compounds that flush toxins from your body and cleanse your skin from the inside. Substances known as alpha-tocopherols, found in significant amounts in almonds, are one of the best sources of vitamin E, which nourishes your skin and protects it from external factors. Not only can you eat almonds for healthy skin, but you can receive the skin benefits of almonds by using almond oil.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia Nuts
There are seven types of macadamia nuts around the world, but only two of these are edible. Australia is the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts, but Hawaiian macadamia nuts have a reputation for having the best taste. Macadamia nuts have a high flavonoid content, and flavonoids keep your skin protected from damage due to environmental toxins and free radicals. Macadamia nuts are naturally high in protein which improves the strength and appearance of your skin, in addition to your hair and nails.

Pistachio

Pistachios
These little green nuts are not only fun to snack on and when you choose them for an afternoon pick-me-up, they give you much more than a bit of energy. Pistachios are a source of vitamin E and vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that combats signs of aging in a two main ways. First, vitamin E provides a bit of natural UV protection (but don’t skip your sunscreen) that battles the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally vitamin E is a very emollient ingredient which means that vitamin E keeps your skin looking and feeling moisturized.

Walnuts.

Walnuts
Essential fatty-acids and B vitamins are major components of walnuts that combat stress and depression. Julie Mancuso, a holistic nutritionist, explains why this benefits your skin. “A lack in fatty acids may lead to depression and mood disorders. B vitamins help with stress management and mood and prevent skin disorders.” Stress and mood impact your skin by causing breakouts, redness, inflammation and fine lines and wrinkles. When your stress levels are controlled and your mood is stable, your skin is far healthier, and who doesn’t want to be a bit happier?

Pecans.

Pecans
A one ounce serving of pecans contains about 2.7 grams of fiber. Fiber isn’t just important for healthy digestion, it is also a factor in healthy skin. The toxins inside your body manifest outside on your skin with the appearance of breakouts, dullness and excess oil. Mancuso says fiber “…helps with the elimination of toxins and waste.” As fiber rids your body of toxins and waste, your skin begins to become clearer, more radiant and more balanced.

Nuts are such an excellent snack choice: They’re super easy to transport, require no prep time (minus unshelled pistachios) and give you a shot of energy while also providing serious skin health benefits. Moderation is the key when enjoying these treats, so stick close to a one ounce serving (about a fistful of most nuts) when you want to munch on these. Eating nuts regularly will improve your overall health and increase the health level of your skin.