Ahhh Almonds

Raw almonds are a fantastic snack; one cup of almonds contain:Almonds1

251 mg Calcium

255 mg Magnesium

670 mg Potassium

3.5 mg Iron

20 mg of Protein

24.9 mg of Vitamin E

47.5 mcg of Folate

49.5 mg of Choline

 

Vitamin A

Thiamine

Riboflavin

Niacin

Vitamin B6

Pantothenic Acid and

Betaine

(nutritiondata.self.com)

 

Health benefits of Almonds

  • Almond nuts are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals. These nuts compose of well-balanced food principles that are essential for optimum health and wellness.
  • Almonds are the complete source of energy as well as nutrients. The nuts, especially, are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic, and palmitoleic acids that help in lowering LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increasing HDL or “good cholesterol” in the human body.
  • Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining cell membrane integrity of mucus membranes and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • Almonds are free in gluten, and therefore, are one of the popular ingredients in the preparation of gluten-free food.
  • The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Altogether, these vitamins work as co-factors for enzymes during cellular substrate metabolism.
  • Almond oil, extracted from the nuts, can be employed as an emollient. Applied regularly, it helps keep skin well protected from dryness. Additionally, the oil is used in cooking in Iran, and Turkey. It is also used as “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines in aromatherapy, in pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.

from: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com

 

I have used almonds in my banana bread recipe

 

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