Almond

ALMOND

 

 

Botanic Name: Prunus Dulcis
Sanskrit: Badam - Portuguese: Amêndoa

 

 

 

Native from the Middle East and South Asia and the mediterranean climate region, the seed of this tree has been widely cultivated. It is part of various dishes or just eaten raw or toasted. Almonds are available in many forms, such as whole, sliced, flour (a gluten-free alternative) or oil and also can be ingredient for Almond “milk” or butter. It is the base for French Macarons, Marzipans, biscuits, cooks and inumerous savory dishes prepared in many countries. It is very important to soak nuts before you eat them. Learn more HERE.

Besides its taste and ample culinary uses, the almonds have many nutritional, cosmetic and health qualities. Check some below:

almonds

  • Some benefits:

-high levels of vitamin E – reduces the risk of heart diseases

-high levels of unsaturated fatty acids

-high levels of fiber – helps normalize bowel motility and avoid constipation

-high levels of antioxidants – prevents against free radicals

-nutritive to the nervous system

-gluten-free food – healthy alternative for intolerance to wheat and celiac disease

-its “milk” helps in weight loss - high fiber controls over-eating (low calories)

-increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL) and  lowes bad cholesterol (LDL)

-high levels of calcium – improves strength of bones and teeth and prevents osteoporosis

-high protein source

-great source of folic acid – prevents fatty plaque in arteries

-improves strength of the immune system

-almond oil massages are beneficial to skin care

-its linolenic acids help to reduce inflammation

-boosts energy

-prevents colon cancer as it improves bowl movements

-controls glucose and insulin levels (prevents diabetes)

Contra indications: Allergy to almonds or its products

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