Almonds are an excellent source of calcium; magnesium (for strong bones); protein and vitamin E, all of which are known to help prevent cancer, boost the immune system and protect against cardiovascular diseases. A recent Loma Linda School of Public Health study showed that the risk of heart disease could be significantly reduced by up to 50% when consuming almonds on a regular basis. Almonds also lower the risk of high cholesterol levels and play a role in controlling diabetes. Almonds are considered to be the healthiest of all nuts. Almonds are ideal as a healthy snacking alternative and are an excellent dietary choice for those seeking to lose or control their weight. Weight Watchers™ claim that almonds are “a healthy and satisfying snack when enjoyed in moderation”. Almonds can be included as a garnish to desserts and are commonly used as a base ingredient in certain curry dishes.