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Almonds are one of the most popular nuts consumed to date.  They make for a great snack, loaded with flavor and very flexible in many dishes.  Almonds, in small amounts, are a great nutrient as long as you do not over indulge.  Eating a large quantity can lead to unwanted weight gain.

 Too many nuts can cause a gain of one pound per week.  Although the natural fats in almonds are relatively healthy, 3 oz will add an extra 42g of fat into your diet. Let's look at the components found in almonds and their benefits as well as their downside:

Manganese:

Manganese is a mineral that is quite high in almonds and one ounce will give you 0.6 mg of manganese.  Your daily intake of this mineral should be approximately 1.8 to 2.3 mg per day for proper bodily function.  If you are on various prescriptions or use antacids, blood pressure medications, antibiotics and laxatives, you should show caution with the level of manganese you take in.  This mineral can cause certain medications to alter their effectiveness.

Lower levels are attributed to poor bone formation, bone loss and itchy skin conditions.  Most American diets consist of higher levels of manganese then are needed, so it is unlikely increasing the level of manganese will prevent or treat osteoporosis.  Deficiencies of manganese can also cause low blood cholesterol levels and abnormal blood sugar levels.

Vitamin E:

Almonds provide a good source of vitamin E which gives you antioxidant protection. Per ounce of almonds will only give you approximately half the needed amount your body requires. On the other hand, if you are consuming a rich vitamin E diet consisting eggs, whole grains, spinach - you could end up with an overdose situation. Too much vitamin E can cause blurred vision, diarrhea, headaches and lethargy.

Fiber:

One ounce of almonds contains 3.5g of fiber.  Your body needs approximately 25 - 38g in order to prevent diarrhea and constipation. Unfortunately, if you eat too many almonds you can actually cause constipation and bloating.  It is advised that if you do consume quite a few almonds daily, drink a good deal of water to assist your body in handling the fiber intake.

Many dieters do enjoy incorporating various nuts into their daily consumption.  Nuts make for a good level of protein and are a very satisfying snack vs. chips and candies.  In appropriate levels, nuts are a good snack choice.

There are many other foods dieters consume every day that are rich in Manganese:

Cloves, Oats, Spinach, Pineapples, Raspberries, Collard Greens, Black Peppers, Kale, Sea Vegetables, Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Rice, Parsley, Dill, Cucumber, Corn, Onions, Bananas, Cashews and Peanuts.  This is only a small list of foods that are rich in Manganese.

Grow Your Own Fresh Foods:

Many people have already read a great deal about hydroponic gardening but have not yet taken the initial steps to set one up. Hydroponic gardening consists of plants grown in a growing box or room; plants are grown with plant lights in water instead of soil and are fed a rich nutrient solution for robust, healthy plants.

Many vegetable and herbal foods can be grown in a hydroponic garden. Wouldn't it be great to enjoy fresh, manganese-rich foods year round?  Setting up a hydroponic garden is not difficult.  If your local garden shop offers hydroponic supplies, talk to experts who are knowledgeable and willing to help you take the first step. They will assess your gardening abilities as well as your provided space to get you on the right track.

People are looking for healthier foods for healthier bodies and healthier lifestyles.  There are many wonderful vegetables and fruits that will help you out. Incorporate more greens and fruits in your family's diets. Junk foods, bad carbs and sweets are a way of the past and just not good for you.

Take an interest in the foods you consume, you might be pleasantly surprised what healthy alternatives are out there!