ALMOND- Our Best Nutritional Buddies!
Nature has gifted us many nutritional gifts, out of which one is almonds.
Almost every ancient civilization was fond of almonds. Around 4,000 B.C. people were cultivating almond trees, that blossomed well in the lands in the vicinity of the Mediterranean Sea. Hebrew literature of 2,000 B.C. mentions almonds.
Following are some essential uses of almonds or health benefits:
Almonds are enriched with nutrients and have many good compounds in them few are enlisted here;
- Fiber: 3.5 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated)
- Vitamin E: 37% of the RDI
- Manganese: 32% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 20% of the RDI
- They posses adequate amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
US is the largest producer of almonds presently but they belong to middle east.
- They can help you produce Marzipan.
- Almonds are good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, protein and various important nutrients.
- Almonds have been considered as antioxidants.
- It’s brown skin layer is enriched with antioxidants.
- They help our cells from getting damaged oxidatively.
- Almonds have Vit. E, which helps our cell membranes in build up.
- Vit. E can lower health risk including cardiovascular diseases and brain disorders.
- Nuts being low at carbs are best for diabetic patients and among them almond tops the list.
- Almonds have magnesium and it’s another boon for it.
- High magnesium intake may help attaining major improvements for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
- Magnesium in almonds help preventing high blood pressure.
- Eating one or two handfuls of almonds each day can lead to mild reductions in “bad” LDL cholesterol, technically reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Being low in carbs nuts are, high in protein and fiber. Researches show that eating almonds and other nuts can increase fullness and help you eat fewer calories.
- In-spite of being high in fats almonds are among weight loss-friendly food.