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February 16th Is National Almond Day
Date:2/14/2008

Here's a heartfelt toast to the flavorful and versatile nut that offers vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and contributes to a healthy heart ()

MODESTO, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From National Heart Health Month to Valentine's Day to National Almond Day on the 16th, February is a big month for matters of the heart. There's no better way to celebrate than to grab a handful of almonds.

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That's because a one-ounce handful of almonds a day may be good for your heart.1 And if that's not enough reason to love them, they may also help maintain a healthy cholesterol level.(1) All this, plus their versatility makes them a nutritious snack and a crunchy, flavorful addition to recipes.

Registered dietitian and James-Beard award-winning healthy recipe developer Cheryl Forberg recommends almonds for more than just a satisfying snack. "On Valentine's Day or National Almond Day, show your sweetheart you care by creating something wonderful with almonds," she says. "Not only are they linked to heart health, but they're a perfect complement to chocolate and berries."

In addition to contributing to a healthy heart, following are two key reasons you can't resist warming up to almonds in February.

1. Satisfaction. Has your new year's resolution left your stomach growling? Well, before you throw it out the kitchen window, try munching on a handful of almonds each day in February. Dave Grotto, R.D., L.D.N., author of the new book 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life (Random House, December 26, 2007), recommends grabbing a daily handful of almonds because their protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat may help keep you satisfied.

2. Nutrition. A one-ounce, 160-calorie handful of almonds is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium. Plus, almonds offer potassium (200 mg), calcium (75 mg) and iron (1.0 mg). Plus, there's good news about fat. The U.S. Dietary guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.

And now, the Almond Board of California is offering almond tins to consumers through their web site, http://www.AlmondsAreIn.com. Holding exactly one-ounce or about 23 almonds, this tin makes it easy to have a satisfying snack whenever and wherever. Share with your readers the many, many reasons to adore almonds this February and beyond.

The Almond Board of California administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. Established in 1950, the Board's charge is to promote the best quality almonds, California's largest tree nut crop. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit http://www.AlmondsAreIn.com.

(1) The FDA issued a qualified health claim in 2003 that states: "Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.


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