The Great Health Benefits of Almonds

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By Hot Health October 26, 2017 11:36

The Great Health Benefits of Almonds

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Things you should know about Almonds

Almonds are a dry fruit everyone loves. It is the most stereotypical nut that comes to a person’s mind on the mention of nuts. Native to the Middle Eastern region, almonds are a fruit available throughout the year. Commercially, they are sold in multiple forms and well, the health benefits that they offer make up a long list. But before that, let’s understand the two most basic types of almonds available in the market.

Sweet and Bitter Almonds

Most people on tasting bitter almonds discard them as being spoiled. That is because they aren’t aware of bitter almonds as being a type of almonds which offer quite a lot of health benefits to the body.

The sweet variety of almonds accounts for almost 100% of the almonds grown for the consumption of people in the United States. Typically, this nut is slimmer in width and longer in size than the bitter almonds.

Bitter varieties of almonds, though healthy, are rich in cyanide and therefore can prove to be poisonous when consumed in the raw form. Their consumption becomes safe once they are processed. While there is no water-tight distinction between the two varieties on the basis of look and colour, it is recommended to not eat almonds directly from the tree.

Health Benefits offered by Almonds

Now, moving on the multiple ways in which almonds benefit our body. Almonds are rich in protein and contain low amounts of carbohydrates. That means eating almonds can reduce hunger. Also, they protein content makes them a perfect post-workout snack. In addition to that, almonds also host the presence of magnesium which aids in reducing blood pressure levels and boosting energy. And to top it all, almonds are gluten-free.

Like on everything that exists in the world, quite a handful of studies have been conducted on almonds and most studies claim that almonds prove beneficial in curtailing the cholesterol levels of the body. This was the result of a study that witnessed a decrease of cholesterol levels by as much as 14% in participants who snacked on almonds for a month.

Nutritional Value

Typically, one ounce of almonds would contain:

  • 6 grams of protein
  • 160 calories
  • 9 grams of heart-healthy fat
  • 5 grams of fiber

Also, almonds contain more amounts of calcium than any other nut.

Where are almonds mostly used?

Almonds are mostly found in almost all desert recipes. From cookies and cakes to ice-creams, almost every desert now has a flavour rich in the taste of almonds. Many people also grind them and use them as a coating for chicken and fish, as an ingredient in smoothies, and as an addition in salads.

With the innovations in the cooking recipes, almonds are becoming a part of pastas and spaghettis. Almonds lovers can sell the addition of almond to almost any and all dishes.

By-products of almonds

Almond hulls and hash are used to produce animal food. The shells of almonds are mostly used for the purpose of landscaping after being ground up. And then, most common by-products of almonds include kitchen flour, milk, extract, marzipan, and nut butter.

That proves that almonds can now be your favourite snack to munch on. It tastes amazing and well, has a lot of health benefits.

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By Hot Health October 26, 2017 11:36
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