Saturday, January 2, 2016

Almond

Almond nut also simply called almond is the seed of the prunus dulcis ( almond tree). The seed of the fruit is consumed as a nut. The almond tree is native to the middle east and south Asia.

Almonds are incredibly full of nutrients:biotin (50%), vitamin E (40%), manganese (28%), copper (26%), but also magnesium, potassium, vitamin B2, phosphorus, riboflavin, L-carnitine and more.




Although almonds are rich in fat, it is monounsaturated fat, the healthy kind of fat that can be also found in olives and that are believed to reduce risks of heart diseases.
The monounsaturated fats in almond, the antioxidant effect of the vitamin E (40%) it contains and the effect of the magnesium and potassium on the cardiovascular system,  are of good help in lowering LDL cholesterol. maintaining your heart in good working condition and preventing heart attacks.
The phosphorus contained in almond is good for maintaining bones and teeth healthy.



The riboflavin, L-carnitine, and other nutrients contained in almond makes it a great support for the brain system by increasing the brain function and decreasing the chances of contracting the alzheimer's disease.
It is therefore a good addition to children's meal whose brain are still developping.

The high amount of biotin and vitamin E contained in almond makes it particularly good for skin protection. You can eat the nut, drink almond milk or use externally the almond oil as a body oil, your body and skin will benefit from it.

There are many recipes that use almond, especially some great pastries. almond cake is a yummy one, or more exotic, baklavas are middle eastern pastries (where almond comes from) that are sooooo sweet and tasty. A delight for the palate but not so good for low calories diets... ;)



Another way to eat almond is to soak the dried but not roasted nuts into water overnight, and eat it in the morning when it has softened. You may, as I do, remove the skin (it's a little bit harsh) before eating, but by doing so, you will loose a part of the nutrients it contains.


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