Almonds are the edible seeds of Prunus dulcis commonly called the Almond tree. The Almond are a species of tree native to Iran and surrounding countries but widely cultivated elsewhere. It belongs to the family Rosaceae under the kingdom Plantae. The fruit of the Almond is drupe consisting of a hard shell with a seed, which is not a true nut inside. Shelling Almonds refers to remove the shell to reveal the seed. Either shelled or unshelled Almonds are sold in shops. Some are treated in hot water to remove the seed coats which are called blanched Almonds.
Almonds deliver massive amount of nutrients. They are rich in fiber, protein, fat, Vitamin E and magnesium. Almonds are also used to produce milk, oil, butter, flour or paste. They are also a fantastic source of antioxidants which help protect cells from oxidative damage a major contributor to aging and disease. Almonds are high in fat but in unsaturated fat which does not increase our bad cholesterol.
Almonds are high in vitamin E which build up cell membranes in our body which protect our cells from oxidative damage. It also lowers the risk of heart diseases. Eating one or two Almonds every day potentially reduces bad cholesterol in our body thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. As Almonds consist high amounts of Magnesium which plays a role in control of blood sugar it is a perfect choice for people with diabetes.
Almonds are low in carbs but rich in protein and fiber which increase our fullness and help us eat lower calories. They contain several nutrients which helps in good digestion. Due to their satiating properties Almonds are a great addition to an effective weight loss diet. They also boost bone health in our body as they are rich in calcium, magnesium, etc.
Therefore eat Almonds to stay healthy and happy.