Nuts have been a basic ingredient since ancient times in cultures around the world. In Roman times, nuts were considered the food of gods and their consumption was related to good health and memory. Two thousand years later, scientific research has confirmed these beliefs. Today, its consumption is fashionable for all the nutrients and benefits they bring to our body.
Almonds, together with other nuts, are fundamental constituents of the Mediterranean diet and have an excellent nutritional value. Almonds contain proteins, fat, mostly monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid), minerals such as magnesium, iron and potassium, flavonoids, antioxidants and vitamins such as: A, E, B1, B2.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almonds are a complete food and constitute a fundamental element in a healthy and balanced diet. On other properties of foods, you can read more. Benefits of olive oil
In our shop in Las Rozas de Madrid or online store, you can buy many products made with almonds, including honey with almonds and other nuts, marzipan Montoro and nougat.
Benefits of raw almonds
The benefits of almonds supported by numerous scientific studies are the following:
According to scientific literature, almonds contain monounsaturated fatty acids and help to reduce LDL cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol.
Studies carried out by several Universities guarantee that the consumption of dried fruits, such as almonds reduce the risk of suffering from obesity, since dried fruits satisfy us more than other food with the same calories and we will be longer without being hungry again.
The Harward Public School of Health (USA) has found a relationship between the consumption of products containing magnesium and the reduction of the risk of suffering diabetes. Almonds along with other nuts are a rich source of magnesium.
U.S. hospital reports state that natural products rich in vitamin E such as almonds delay cognitive decline with age.
5. Hair, skin and nails:
Almonds have a high content of antioxidants and vitamin E. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that accelerate the aging of our body, including the skin. On the other hand, vitamin E is photoprotective, protecting us against damage not produced by ultraviolet radiation, and anti-inflammatory.
Almonds are a natural source of Vitamin B2, which strengthens nails and hair.
6. Increased physical performance:
The Institute of Sports Medicine of China has shown that consumption of almonds improves physical performance by regulating carbohydrate stores, improving oxygen transport in the blood and metabolism.
Almonds are a rich source of calcium, so they can be consumed as a substitute for animal milk. Calcium intake is essential especially in children, the elderly and women with menopause, as calcium is involved in bone mineralization and muscle contraction.
8. Intestinal transit:
Almonds are a source of fibre, which favours intestinal transit.
Due to the content of antioxidants and vitamins in almonds, their consumption lowers the risk of cancer. In addition, a study carried out on rats was published in the journal Cancer Letters in 2001, showing that the consumption of almonds with skin reduces the amount of tumour cells in the colon.
Almonds with their content of vitamin E, vitamin B and magnesium protect us from the negative effects of stress on our body.
Raw or roasted almonds
In most cases where we subject a product to high temperatures, we will remove vitamins and other beneficial compounds from it. Therefore, it is always advisable to take the products as naturally as possible.
Photo 1: Honey with nuts
How many almonds a day should we take?
The Heart Foundation recommends consuming 7 to 8 almonds a day. However, one should not become obsessed if as 7 or 14 or 3. What we should pay attention to is eating a balanced and healthy diet during all meals and avoiding industrial food. It is of little use to be rigorous with almonds, if we then drink numerous alcoholic beverages every weekend.
At the same time, we recommend to take them raw and with skin, because this way we will obtain all its vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.
One way in which they come out delicious, is by putting them in honey. The honey will take a very rich aroma of almonds and almonds will be more juicy. You can also eat toast, fried in extra virgin olive oil or nougat, although in these latter ways, we lose benefits of almonds.