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Health benefits of almonds.

Lapsley, K.G., G. Huang, 2004.  Health benefits of almonds. Cereal Foods World. 49:1: 6-10.

This overview focuses first on the nutrition research linking almonds and heart health whether as a single food within a dose-response study (with a cholesterol lowering effect of approximately 5%) or in a dietary portfolio of other foods with proven heart health benefits (where there are combined cholesterol lowering effects of up to 30%).  The emerging research that almonds as a nutrient-rich, satiating food may have a role to play in weight control and maintenance is reviewed next, followed by the latest information on almond phytochemicals and their potential role in cancer prevention.  The article ends with a description of the California almond industry and the almond varieties grown and their uses.