Go Nuts About Almonds

by Sam Malone

Almonds are some of the healthiest and most commonly consumed nuts, relished by people living all across the globe. These nutritious nuts belong to the prunus family and are generally available all throughout the year (except green almonds). The health benefits associated with almonds are numerous, as these nuts contain all the elements that are essential for the human body. In olden days, people regarded almonds as the “healing food” as they increased vitality and alleviated several health problems. In present times, doctors and other health experts advise people to eat almonds regularly, in order to improve their overall physical and mental health.

Benefits of Almonds

Many people eat almonds just because of their taste and texture. However, these nuts are very high in nutritional value, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats. You could either choose to eat almonds the way they are or roast them a bit before having them. Several people choose to also spread some almond butter on crackers or bread to increase their intake of these nuts. Some of the most common health benefits that are associated with almonds include:

  • Stabilizing Blood Sugar: The levels of glucose in the blood tend to go higher after eating high glycemic foods, like potatoes. However, you can control the spike in blood sugar levels by eating a few almonds.
  • Maintaining Weight: Though almonds are quite high in calories and fat, they can reduce the risks of gaining weight. These nuts are very high in fiber and therefore they keep you full for a longer period of time. Munch on a handful of blanched almonds, instead of having other crunchy and salty snacks. This will decrease some of the fat in the abdominal area, thereby reducing the size of your waist.
  • Memory: Those who need to boost their memory are generally advised to consume 5 to 6 blanched almonds first thing in the morning. This remedy is useful not only to kids but to those of older age also.

Almonds are also used in several home remedies and commercial products to improve skin tone and hair texture. Crushed almonds or almond oil can be added to various home remedies for better skin and hair.

Benefits of Green Almonds

Unlike regular almonds, green almonds are available for a short 8-week period that begins in the later part of April and lasts till the mid of June. This is probably why they are regarded as rare delicacies. Green almonds are a lot more common in the Middle East and Mediterranean region. They are used as a cooking ingredient, a garnish as well as coloring paste (for pastries). Many people just snack on green almonds after soaking them in some brine milk, to soften them up. There are several health benefits that are associated with green almonds, some of the most common ones being:

  • Reducing cholesterol ranges
  • Improving skin tone
  • Easing bowel movements, because of their laxative properties
  • Weight loss
  • Minimizing risks of diseases such as cancer
  • Increasing energy
  • Enhancing function of the immune system

Green almonds can be eaten as they are or after being shelled.

Can Almonds Cause Hiccups?

In case you are suffering from any allergies, intolerances or chronic gastrointestinal problems, there are several food items that you may need to avoid. In such instances, eating almonds could cause you to experience symptoms like pain, cramps, heartburn as well as hiccups

However, it is important for you to check with your doctor before adding green almonds or regular almonds to your diet. In case the consumption of almonds leads to stomach pain, or any other form of discomfort, stop eating these nuts, at least until you speak with your doctor.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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