Nutritional Health Benefits of Almonds

Health Benifits

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 Some of the health benefits of almonds consist of better movement of food through the colon, improved skin, and the prevention of cancer. Studies have shown us that the flavonoids found in raw almonds prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which can make the cholesterol more likely to clog arteries.

Almonds

While it is clear that almonds contain numerous flavonoids, and their health benefits look promising, it is less clear how efficiently they are absorbed and what their exact effects in the body are.

 Research

Research in almond health benefits has regularly shown that adding almonds into the diet effectively lowers cholesterol. Research into nuts has been so extensive that a qualified health claims for certain nuts such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts; ability to reduce the risk of heart disease has been approved by the Food and Drug administration in the US.

Almonds in Cooking

Twenty-six percent of the sweet almond is carbohydrates and may therefore be made into flour for cakes and cookies for low-carbohydrate diets or for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus or any other form of glycosuria.

For those gluten-sensitive people and people with wheat allergies and coeliac disease, almond flour is gluten-free and therefore a popular ingredient in cookery in place of wheat flour.

almond flourA standard serving of almond flour, 1 cup, contains 20 grams of carbohydrates, of which 10 g is dietary fiber, for a net of 10 g of carbohydrate per cup. This makes almond flour very desirable for use in cake and bread recipes by people on carbohydrate-restricted diets.

One of the other many benefits of almonds is the nut does not adversely alter insulin sensitivity in healthy adults or blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes, unlike low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets do.

Almonds are considered a nutritive for the brain and nervous system. It is said to induce high intellectual level and longevity. Almond oil is extracted by cold process, and is considered a nutritive aphrodisiac both for massage and internal consumption. The ingredients found in almonds have anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting, and anti-hepatotoxicity effects according to research results.

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Though there are many benefits, almonds, the popular nut, like many other nuts, may cause allergy or intolerance. Symptoms range from minor to severe, including anaphylaxis a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. All material here is intended for your general information only and is not a substitute for medical guidance or treatment for particular medical conditions. The information above not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease.

 

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