A New Kind Of Almond Joy

Almonds are a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They're also packed with vitamin E, iron, calcium, potassium and protein. Now a new study by the Institute of Food Research suggests that these tasty teardrop-shaped nuts may also have prebiotic qualities.

Prebiotics stimulate 'good' digestive system bacteria and are believed to have a positive influence on everything from body development to immune system support. To do the most good, prebiotics have to get through the upper digestive tract without being absorbed. It turns out that even finely ground almonds can accomplish this feat as long as the lipids (fats) remain intact.

The Bigger Picture: Chalk up another healthy benefit for ALA fatty acids. They're the plant-based omega-3s that are also found in olive and flaxseed oil. Here's a healthy eating tip: Try enjoying your almonds roasted but unsalted to keep your sodium intake in check.
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