Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Their fat content is high, but don't let this fool you into believing they're unhealthy. Almonds contain the "good" fat — the kind that helps to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol. They're an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects cell membranes and skin from free radical damage. If you feel your brain could use a boost, almonds are the perfect choice because of their riboflavin and L-carnitine content. These nutrients enhance brain activity and may even lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease. To make things a little more interesting, pair each almond with a raisin, dried cranberry or piece of dried date.
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