Almonds are very tasty and so beneficial for our health. They are my favourite nut; most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast.
9 Health Benefits of Almonds:
- ‘Bad’ Cholesterol is Lowered: One clinical study showed that almonds added to the diet had a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels and that none of the study groups experienced weight gain in the study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.
- Reduce Heart Attack Risk: A study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.
- Protects artery walls from damage: It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E thus reducing the risk of heart disease. (Research at Tufts University)
- Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
- Healthy fats helps in weight loss:
Although nuts contain lots of fat frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom at them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)
- Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
- Good brain function: Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity which may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
- A nutrient for the nervous system according to Ayurveda; they help to increase high intellectual level and longevity.
- They alkalize the body: Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming. When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.
Learn more about the benefits of an alkaline body and the dangers of being too acid click here: Balance Your Body with Acid/Alkaline Balance
Did you know?
- Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
- 2.51 million tonnes of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
- United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated. Read more at: The Killing of California Almonds. Buy unpastuerized almonds Organic Almonds
- From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions.
This is one very nutrient-dense food which we call a Powerfood.
- Packed with protein; almonds are 13 percent protein.
- One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fibre and protein.
- Filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper.
- Filled with B vitamins.
- Provide 266mg (27% DV) of calcium per 100g serving, 367mg (37% DV) per cup.
- Full of potassium, phosphorus and iron.
- One-ounce serving of almonds contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli.
- One of the best whole food sources of vitamin E, with about one third of the daily value per ounce.
- Heart-healthy with monounsaturated fat; one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, 11 grams is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
- 20-25 almonds contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk.
Almonds are thought to have originated in western Asia and North Africa; they have been written about in many historical texts, including the Bible.
The almond tree is one of the earliest domesticated tree nuts because wild almonds produces cyanide; even eating a few dozen at one time can be fatal.
How to Store:
- Keep them in an airtight container to protect them from air so the oil does not go rancid.
- Almonds keep best in a dark, cool environment such as your refrigerator for up to two years according to the Almond Board of California.
- If you want them to last up to four years, freeze them in airtight containers.
Almonds grown in USA are not raw; read more: The Killing Of California Almonds
It is estimated that one to two percent of the population is allergic to tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts), peanuts or both.
Wait till children are at least one year old before feeding them any kind of nuts.
8 Tips for eating or cooking:
Let’s get these tasty almonds into our diet.
- Always use unpastuerized almonds. Here are some you can be sure are: Organic Unpastuerized Almonds
- How to get the nutrition from almonds: Almonds can be difficult to digest and may stress your pancreas. Like all nuts they contain phytate which makes them difficult to digest. To get maximum nutrition it is best to soak them before they are eaten or roast them. Almonds are one of only a few nuts that will actually sprout when soaked. When you soak them it neutralizes the phytate allowing the nutrients from the nut to be released. Watch a video explaining more about sprouting nuts and seeds here: Sprouting Nuts and Seeds video
- Almond flour is great in gluten free cooking and baking.