The Health Benefits of Almonds

The Health Benefits of Almonds
I’m nuts about almonds! And it’s no mystery to me why they’re widely loved around the world for their culinary uses. Raw or roasted, almonds can be eaten by themselves as a healthy snack or added to many savory dishes.

Sweet almonds are more commonly found; though bitter almonds are often available in the baking section of your supermarket.

The health benefits of almonds are massive…and portable. These quick protein sources are essential to the weight conscious snacker – just 10 almonds, about 68 calories, can stave off hunger and get you from 3pm to dinner time, providing essential oils and nutrients for optimal brain function as well.

On top of the protein, you’ll get beneficial amounts of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E.

Almonds and Fat

In the past, some people have considered almonds too fatty to recommend as a snack food, but the key is understanding the type of fats AND practicing moderation. The fats in almonds are “good fats,” which are healthy and worth the calories. These good fats in almonds are much better for you nutritionally than the nasty fats found in processed snack foods.

In fact, you can add 10 almonds to a lowfat yogurt and still be under 200 calories.

You see, fat isn’t always a bad thing. Researchers found that a diet rich in almonds can help you lose you more weight than a high-carb, low-fat diet with the same number of calories.

Though easy to eat raw, straight from the package, there are a few extra options to take this simple nut to the next level.

Blanched Almonds - Use a strainer to plunge your dried almonds into a saucepan filled with boiling water. Take the pot off of the element. When the skin gives easily and peels of with your fingers, drain the almonds and cover them in cold water. Peel all the nuts, blot dry and heat lightly in the stove. Don’t let them yellow.

Toasted Almonds - Just slice your almonds and toast on a baking sheet. Add a little salt or your favorite spice once they’re done.

Almonds have long been considered healthy and nutritious. Include them in your daily diet, and you may develop a faithful following for them.

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