IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is research that gives you one more reason to add almonds to your daily routine.
MAKING CHANGES: Nothing today!
FACT OR FICTION: Snakes help keep rodents from overpopulating the earth. They might look a bit creepy, but they serve a real purpose. Although not all produce venom they all have forked tongues - guess what they are used for . . . .
In The News
Researchers from Penn State University have found that eating almonds on a regular basis may help to balance your cholesterol levels, raising your HDL (good) cholesterol while improving the way your body uses and eliminates unwanted cholesterol.
Remember, cholesterol in your food is not the enemy. Rather, it is the carbohydrates and sugar that increase your inflammatory process and increase your triglyceride levels - both of which increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Daily Health Tip
Almonds are a healthy a quick snack that are high in healthy fats. However, they are also high in protein. High protein intake may increase your risk of cancer. So grab a handful of almonds to help balance your cholesterol levels, but don’t make a meal of them.
I focus on the healthiest dishes on the restaurant menu. I think about the vitamins and minerals in my food. I select menu items that have higher amounts of these nutrients.
I also consider the total fat, calorie, protein, and carbohydrate amounts in my entire meal. My food choices ultimately determine my health, so balance is important. I also select items that help me feel full because they contain fiber. This way, I avoid temptations from being hungry again in just a short while.
Fact or Fiction?
Snakes help keep rodents from overpopulating the earth. They might look a bit creepy, but they serve a real purpose. Although not all produce venom they all have forked tongues - guess what they are used for . . . .
Snakes are interesting creatures who can live in the water, on land or in the trees. Not all of them make venom - but they all have a forked tongue. While that tongue may look sinister, the function is actually to pick up scents from their environment, for hunting and to keep the snake safe from their own predators.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team