Almonds are very popular nuts, though they are high in fat, they are very nutritious and healthy. The tree’s botanical name is Prunus dulcis. They can be eaten alone, or even made into milk, which is a good alternative for vegetarians or those who are lactose intolerant. Almonds have been eaten for centuries and were even made mention of in the Bible.
The trees are native to the Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent. The United States is the world’s largest producer of Almonds.
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- They have a high nutrient profile as they contain fiber, protein, fats, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin E, B2, Copper, and Phosphorus. On the other hand though, about 10-15% of almonds’ calories are not absorbed by the body as the fat is too difficult to break down. Its high phytic acid content binds and prevents certain minerals like iron, zinc and calcium in them from being absorbed. Almonds are the world’s best source of Vitamin E.
- It can help prevent heart disease and heart attacks due to its monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants that support heart health. They also contain flavonoids that work with Vitamin E to improve artery health.
- They help control blood sugar level. The high magnesium content is a huge reason for this. Magnesium is salient in about 300 bodily functions and many people do not get enough of it. Two servings of almonds can provide half of the recommended daily intake. High magnesium intake may have benefits for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Magnesium can also help maintain blood pressure levels.
- The healthy fats and fiber contained in them help keep curb overeating and unhealthy snacking that making the body feel full. Therefore, this aids weight loss.
- They can lower Low Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) level and keep it from being oxidized, which prevents heart disease.
- They also help support healthy brain function; maintain skin, digestive, dental and bone health; help fight cancer and inflammation and improve nutrient absorption.
When next your are in the supermarket, reach for a pack of almonds.
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