Nuts are packed with goodness, they contain a lot’s of protein, healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Many people who are dieting tru to avoid eating nuts.While it’s true that nuts contain fats, the do not contain those harmful fats which increases risks of heart-attacks and other ailments.
Health benefits of almonds:
- Contain many nutrients which are good for the heart
- Helps to lower the risk of heart diseases by lowering level of LDL cholesterol
- Almond consumption may reduce colon cancer risk
- Almonds Provide Double-Barreled Protection against Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
- Whole Almonds (with Skins) Provide Most Heart Healthy Benefits
- Almond’s Healthy Fats May Help You Lose Weight
- Daily Consumption of Almonds May Help You Eat a Healthier Diet
- Help Prevent Gallstones
A 1 ounce (28 grams, or small handful) serving of almonds contains (1):
- Fiber: 3.5 grams.
- Protein: 6 grams.
- Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated).
- Vitamin E: 37% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 20% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
Potential risks associated with almonds
Allergy to almonds is actually quite common. Symptoms of almond allergy can include:
- Stomach pain or cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
If you are allergic to almonds, it’s important to avoid any food products that may contain them. We can use almods to make frangipane, marzipan, and praline. Also they can be used in cakes, biscuits, bread, chocolates, ice cream, and certain liqueurs.
Tips for Preparing Almonds:
Whole shelled almonds can be chopped by hand or can be placed in a food processor. If using a food processor, it is best to pulse on and off a few times, instead of running the blade constantly, as this will help ensure that you end up with chopped almonds rather than almond butter. To roast almonds at home, do so gently—in a 160-170°F (about 75°C) oven for 15-20 minutes—to preserve the healthy oils.
We don’t recommend blanching almonds because blanching nuts removes their skin and they are no longer considered a whole food. Studies have shown that the skin of nuts are nutrient-rich. For example, researchers found that the flavonoid phytonutrients found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E present in their meat to more than double the antioxidant power delivered by either one of these nutrients separately.