Health benefits of Almonds

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Almonds - health benefits

As a kid I remember my grandmother insisting that I have five almonds everyday. She even gave the almonds to all the kids herself. While I did not understand it then, I do now as to why she insisted on all the children having almonds. She was not a graduate, but she sure knew about all the health benefits of almonds.

I am a diabetic, and a few years back when my cholesterol and triglycerides were going out of control, I remembered my grandmother and started having a handful of almonds daily. It also led me to research on the health benefits that almonds offer.

Nutrition

Almonds are a very good source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils, protein, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and calcium. Apart from this, as is widely known, they are a superb source of Vitamin E. Just 28 grams of Almonds provides for 37% of the recommend daily intake of Vitamin E, and we all know how important Vitamin E is for good skin and healthy hair. Almonds are known to be antioxidants and it is largely concentrated in the skin of almond, so eating it whole is better than eating them blanched.

Weight loss

Have a handful of roasted almonds instead of reaching out for that packet of fries or chips and you will not just improve on your nutrition but also loose weight. Research says that the monounsaturated fat present in almonds helps to satisfy the appetite as well as stops individuals from overeating.

Heart Health and lowering of Cholesterol

The heart benefit of almonds come from it’s being high in monounsaturated fats. A study established that consuming a variety of heart healthy foods which includes almonds can help decrease LDL cholesterol levels as much as statin medication. Individuals who consumed almonds lowered their total cholesterol by 5% and reduced their LDL cholesterol by almost 7%.

Diabetes

By being low in carbs, high in healthy fats, protein and fiber and with it’s low hypoglycemic index,  almonds help diabetics in satiating their hunger and reducing the carbohydrate cravings. Most type 2 diabetes patients are also deficient in magnesium and a few almonds daily can help in reducing this deficiency significantly, lowering blood sugar levels and improving the function of insulin.

Origin and History of Almonds

The almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as the Indus River in Pakistan.[9] In Iran, India and Pakistan, it is known as bādām. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa, Asia and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world (Source: Wikipedia)

Almonds - health benefits

Almonds – health benefits

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Some recipes that use Almonds

Badam Zafrani Korma

Moroccan Meatloaf

Sewai (Sheer Khorma)prepared on Eid. Best served hot.

Safed Murgh or White Chicken Korma

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Comments (2)

  1. posted by رژیم لاغری on November 29, 2015

    Many people use sweet almond oil as a skin treatment and it does indeed do wonders for your skin tone

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  2. posted by Shriram Tamhankar on October 2, 2015

    Benifits of almond post is very nice ,useful for everyone.
    I am foody & perfect tester of spices ,suger & salt ( 3 S ) by just smelling. So I don’t wanna miss all good recipes from your kitchen………Thanks

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