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All In One Almond - A Cool Nut Known For Healthy Food And Nutrition

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Almonds are a very useful food. This nut packs in quite a punch. Mineral-Rich almond nuts are good for bone and cardiovascular health.
What’s the connection between almonds and good health? Almond nuts are a nutritionally dense food making them a good dietary choice. Almonds in fact are a nutritional powerhouse and a natural source of most of the rare nutrients the human body needs for optimal health. As well, almonds are high in fiber which has been shown to play a protective role in relation to heart disease and diabetes.
Almonds are one of the world’s oldest cultivated and rare fruit that is available throughout the year and can be eaten all the times. A sheer variety in which almonds can be consumed and used makes it a fruit for all the seasons.

Over the years, almonds have proved their nutritional attributes and socio-cultural importance. From Rome to Sweden and US to India, almonds have been referred to as symbol of fortune, happiness and health.

How Can You Use Almonds?

For one, it enhances any dish it is added to. But more importantly this cool nut is a hit with most health conscious people in all seasons. According to researchers at Tufts University in US, a 28 gram serving of almonds packs same level of flavonoid antioxidants as a serving of cooked broccoli or brewed green or a black tea. Just a handful of almonds can provide an individual with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium and iron.

There is nothing like a good breakfast to kick start a day and adding almonds in your breakfast would be the right option. The brown covering of the almond nut should be removed before eaten by small children, old people or those with a weakened condition. This covering is difficult to digest unless thoroughly chewed, but can be removed by dipping the nuts briefly in boiling water (process is called blanching).
Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds and Minerals - Almond nuts offer a unique blend of minerals, calcium, potassium, magnesium that are beneficial to bone health. Additional nutrients in almonds are copper, zinc, and iron.
Almonds and Vitamin E - Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that can cut risk of certain cancers, cataracts and heart disease.

Almonds and Folic Acid - Almond nuts are a source of folic acid, which helps in making red blood cells and in protecting against heart disease and stroke.
Almonds and Phytochemicals - Almonds also contain phytochemicals that may render protection against heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

“FDA Gives Almonds Heart Health Nod,” in a clinical trial conducted at the University of Toronto, test subjects who ate one ounce of almonds per day lowered their LDL cholesterol by 4.4% from baseline. Subjects who doubled their almond intake saw a greater drop in LDL.

Eating Almonds for Good Health

  • You can make your own nutritious almond nut butter, blending almonds with a little oil in a food processor until smooth. Use as a spread on toast or crackers or as a sandwich filling.
  • Mix ¼ cup of blanched, ground almonds with 1 cup of water in a blender for creamy almond milk, which is delicious over cereal. Almond milk can be sweetened with vanilla or honey to taste.
  • Dress up steamed green beans with a little butter, Parmesan, and slivered almonds
  • Add chopped almond nuts to soups for extra goodness
  • Toss a green salad with slivered almonds
  • Coat chicken with chopped almond nuts for delicious almond chicken
  • Add chopped almonds to granola or oatmeal
  • Add blanched, ground almonds to shortbread cookies, replacing ¼ cup of flour with ground almonds

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