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Almonds are good for you

Close-Up Photography of Almond Nuts

Almonds or Prunus dulcis, was primarily native to the Mediterranean region, Middle-East, Turkey and South-East Asian states. The fruit of this tree can be consumed raw, toasted, or in the kind of almond milk.

Research has indicated that this fruit increases the High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels and decreases the LDL-Cholesterol levels. It’s a good source of B-complex vitamins and dietary fiber. The various health benefits of this fruit are described below.

Useful in:

Antioxidants | Anti-aging | Diabetes II | Cardiovascular disorders | High Blood Pressure | High blood levels | Obesity | Women health | Skin | energy | Gallstones |

This helps:

Diabetes:

Almonds, like the rest of the nuts, are low in carbs and high in good fats, proteins, fiber and essential micronutrients. Almonds contain significant amounts of magnesium, which is seen to be very low in all diabetics. Magnesium is an essential mineral which helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels within the body, enhances the function of insulin along with helping in many body processes.

Almonds are very beneficial in preventing several heart ailments. The magnesium in almonds reduces elevated blood pressure. Almonds help to lower the LDL cholesterol levels and raise the HDL cholesterol levels. They also prevent oxidation of LDL, which is a really important step in preventing plaque formation in the blood vessels.

Obesity:

Several reports suggest that an almond-containing low-calorie diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, aids in lowering the weight faster than a diet high in complex carbohydrates. People who eat nuts twice a week are also less likely to gain weight

Nutrient Value of Almonds: (Serving size: 100 g):

Nutrients

Energy – 2,408 kJ (576 kcal)

Fat- 49.42 gram

Saturated- 3.731 g

Carbohydrates- 21.69 gram

Starch- 0.74 g

Sugars- 3.89 g

Dietary fiber- 12.2 g

Protein- 21.22 g

Water- 4.70 g

Vitamins

Vitamin A equiv.

Choline- 52.1 mg

Vitamin E- 26.2 mg

Niacin (B3)- 3.385 mg

Riboflavin (B2)- 1.014 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)- 0.469 mg

Thiamine (B1)- 0.211 mg

Vitamin B6- 0.143 mg

Folate (B9)- 50 μg

Beta-carotene- 1 μg

Lutein zeaxanthin- 1 μg

Vitamin A- 1 IU

Minerals

Potassium- 705 mg

Phosphorus- 484 mg

Magnesium- 268 mg

Calcium- 264 mg

Iron- 3.72 mg

Zinc- 3.08 mg

Manganese- 2.285 mg

Sodium- 1 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28

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