If clean eating meals weren’t part of your diet, now is the perfect time you consider what you should put on the table next time.
In fact, according to research published in Circulation, people who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts lower their risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by 35%.High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
Adding tangerines and almonds to your diet lowers your LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, which is involved in creating plaques in your coronary arteries that can cause heart attacks. Almonds and tangerine lower LDL in a dose-dependent manner. This means that by increasing the amount of almonds and tangerines you eat, you can further lower your LDL.
Research found that almonds significantly increase the amount of antioxidants in the blood stream, reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow. These findings add weight to the theory that Mediterranean diets with lots of nuts have big health benefits.
Researchers tested the effects of a short-term almond-enriched diet on healthy young and middle-aged men as well as on a group of young men with cardiovascular risk factors including having high blood pressure or being overweight. A control group ate what they normally would, while another group consumed snacks of 50g of almonds a day for one month.
At the end of the study period, the group eating an almond-enriched diet had higher levels of antioxidants (alpha-tocopherol) in their blood stream, improved blood flow and lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart disease.
This research proves that it isn’t too late to introduce them into your diet – adding even a handful (around 50g) every day for a short period can help.
3 tsp ground almonds
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup water
Combine the ingredients in a blender and process well till you get the desired consistency.