The World’s Healthiest Food, although referred to as a nut, is in reality a fruit of the almond tree, a tree which bears beautiful white flowers. Everybody must have, at some point in their lives, had somebody say to them, not to eat too many almonds as they are a cause of weight gain. However, this statement has been proven false, for studies have shown that a handful of almonds each day can be used in weight maintenance! The reader would probably be as surprised to hear this as I was! Indeed, this nutritious tree nut is a wonderful combination of sweet and savory. So, grab a handful of this tasty tree nut each day, and watch your health take a turn for the better!
Almonds – The World’s Healthiest Food: Nutritional Facts Per 100 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Dietary fiber 12 g
Protein 21 g
Iron 20% of daily value
Vitamin B 6 5% of daily value
Polyunsaturated fat 12 g
Saturated fat 3.7 g
Potassium 705 mg
Vitamin E 25 g
Almond Health Benefits
Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease: Almonds are a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid which has the ability to lower level of ‘bad cholesterol’(LDL) in blood and raises the ‘healthy cholesterol’(HDL). At least 5 epidemiological studies have shown a positive role of almonds in reducing risk of heart diseases.
They also contain a generous proportion of Vitamin E that is a natural antioxidant. It protects the ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL) from getting oxidized in blood, a process that makes it lethal for heart and blood vessels. Thereby, LDL is unable to get deposited within blood vessel lining and block blood supply to the heart.
Protective Against Diabetes
Research has provided evidence that almonds reduce the Glycemic Index (GI) of food if consumed together with a high Glycemic Index meal. This prevents the post-meal spike in blood sugar levels, thus reducing the chances of developing diabetes.
Guard Against High Blood Pressure
According to various studies, almonds carry mineral magnesium. When in abundance around the blood vessel walls, magnesium keeps them relaxed allowing easy passage of blood. This reduces any resistance to free flow of blood and thus keeps blood pressure under check.
Reduce The Tendency To Gain Weight
A prospective study conducted in Spain showed that the subjects eating nuts frequently had 31% lesser chances of gaining extra pounds when compared to those not eating nuts at all.
This is because nuts help you eat healthier by modifying your diet constituents. Thus the individual, subconsciously, starts preferring low calorie, non-fatty foods.
Ideal Food For Patients Of Celiac Disease Or Wheat Allergies
Almond are free of Gluten, a type of protein found in wheat. They can therefore be used in preparing gluten-free foods that are safe for consumption by people who are unable to digest wheat proteins or develop a reaction against them.
Protective Against Gall Stone Formation
A study showed that women consuming up to 1 ounce of nuts per week were 25% lesser at risk of gall stone formation as compared to subjects not eating nuts at all.
Boost Up Energy Production And Metabolism Of The Body
Almonds contain valuable minerals like copper and folate which are the co-factors needed by various energy producing enzymes in the body. These enzymes are found in all kind of pathways that utilize oxygen to produce energy.
Almonds are rich in Vitamins like niacin and B6, which are an important means of replenishing the Glutathione stores in the body. Glutathione is a molecule that protects cells against the damage by free radicals.
Things To Do
Make sure that you eat almonds without removing their skin because it is this skin carrying valuable phytochemicals called ‘flavanoids’. These are natural antioxidants and impart almonds with most of the benefits they have on body of an individual. Are you going nuts about losing weight and staying healthy? Well, you should.