Do you know how beneficial almonds are for your health?
Almonds are my favourite nut; most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast. Almonds are tasty and nutritious as most people will agree.
8 Health Benefits of Almonds:
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.
Lowers ‘Bad’ Cholesterol: 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.
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.
Goodbrain 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. To read 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.
almond varieties are toxic, domesticated almonds are not.
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.
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.
Almond Milkwith its mild flavour and light colour is a very good alternative for those that need to be dairy free, soy free and for vegans.
Green almonds are dipped in sea salt and eaten as snacks on Iran street markets.
Eat almonds with the skin as it contains more than 20 antioxidant flavanoids.
Almond oil is good for cooking at high temperatures; it has a high smoke point.
Good food for your skin and hair: rub a little on to the skin to moisturize it.
I love almonds so much I use them in all my Healthy Web BootCamps. These are 2-3 day trainings which you can do on your own time or with a group where for a concentrated time you focus on learning the knowledge and skills to use the healthiest foods.
I am the head chef at Real Food for Life and author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.