Health benefits of Almonds
Almond nuts are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous healths promoting phyto-chemicals; This kind of well balanced food offers protection against diseases and cancers.
These nuts are rich source of energy and nutrients. They are especially, rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids that help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol”. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
The nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E; contain about 25 g per100 g (about 170% of RDA). vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen free radicals.
Almonds are free of gluten and, therefore are a popular ingredient in the preparation of gluten free food formulas. These formula preparations are in fact healthy alternatives in people with wheat food allergy and celiac disease.
Almonds are also rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Are almonds safe for you?
Almonds are one of the most useful and wonderful of seeds (it is not a nut as many people would have you believe). It has a unique taste and its excellent suitability for use in cooking have made it one of the most popular ingredients in pastry kitchens for centuries.
The most flavorsome almonds are bitter almonds (as opposed to “sweet” almonds). They have the strongest scent and are the most popular in many countries.
But there is one problem: they are full of cyanide. Before consumption, bitter almonds must be processed to remove the poison. Despite this requirement, some countries make the sale of bitter almonds illegal Heating destroys the poison. In fact, you may not know that it is now illegal in the USA to sell raw almonds – all almonds sold are now heat-treated to remove traces of poison and bacteria. The almonds are labeled as raw because the steam pasteurization of almonds is an industry standard and all almonds that have been steam pasteurized will be labeled in this manner not just Trader Joe’s. If you are looking for almonds that have not been pasteurized please look in our stores for a country of origin labeling,
Ther is a controversy about pasterising almonds. Here is one opinion: Pasteurization not only kills the micro-organisms in the nut, but also the nut itself. A nut is a seed, and if you plant it, it will grow – it has life-force. Cooking the nut kills the life-force, so if you plant it it will not grow. The enzymes that make the seed viable also help our bodies digest it. Furthermore, heating the nut destroys those delicate polyunsaturated fatty acids in them, making them rancid, and therefore what was once a nutritious food now becomes at best questionable, at worst, harmful.
The almond is one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs and fertility symbol. It’s even mentioned in the Bible as Samson courted Delilah with fragrant almond branches. In India they use the kernel of the almond in healing premature ejaculation. The nutrients and scent of the almond is one of the all time favorites for many pursuits of love and seduction, not to mention plain healthy eating.
The aroma of the almond is known arouse women particularly. Ancient Persians used to put almonds in with flower petals to perfume them before adding them to desserts to gain the sensual benefits this wonderful smell provides. You can find a large variety of almond scented bath and body products. Almond scented candles can help set a romantic ambience that can be hard to resist.