Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Natural Super Food Almonds

Almonds are one of the amazing wonder foods provided by nature.This small nut packs a powerhouse of nutrients that we need in our daily diet.One ounce of almonds provides about 12 percent of our daily requirement of protein and contains no cholesterol.

It also provides about 35 percent of our daily allowance of vitamin E, which is a valuable antioxidant with many cancer fighting properties. They are also a great source of minerals like magnesium,phosphorous ,zinc,calcium,folic acid and loads of healthy fiber.

Most of the fat contained in almonds is mono unsaturated fat that is good for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Now if all this information makes you want to grab some almonds and munch on them immediately..WAIT.


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It seems that to get the maximum nutrition out of almonds the best way to get them is to soak them overnight and have them the next morning.This is because almonds contain enzyme inhibitors that get neutralized by soaking them.Additionally soaking also makes the almonds easier to digest and helps our body to increase the absorption of vitamins from the almonds.

Another benefit ,if you have these soaked almonds in the morning they are also said to assist in stabilizing your blood sugar throughout the rest of the day.

So do remember to soak those almonds and have them each morning and also remember to have them in moderation as all nuts are high in calories.

For more information about the health benefits of almonds,you can check out a substantive article here

30 comments :

Pam said...

I love raw almonds. They are my favorite snack - I always have some in my purse just in case I get hungry.

anudivya said...

I am off to eat some almonds!

Ivy said...

I law almonds but I didn't know that we had to soak them first.

miss v said...

i saw a great recipe the other day for warm quinoa salad w/ toasted almonds the other day on the go eggless blog (oringially from good housekeeping).

http://www.goeggless.com/2008/09/warm-quinoa-salad-with-toasted-almonds.html

almonds are awesome!

sowmya said...

good informative post..Thanks

Cham said...

I just soak some almonds and eat it :) I like the way it turns soft! Good info!

Vaishali said...

Informative post, Usha. Almonds are a superfood indeed. I had no idea they could stablize blood sugar when soaked-- gotta try that!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

how long do we have to soak?

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i like the picture Usha. Thx, i got ur message in gtalk. i was away from the comp when u buzzed me.

Valarmathi said...

Thanks for the information. Informative post.

Sia said...

informative post Usha

Sagari said...

nice post usha

Priti said...

That's lots of info on Almonds...gud one Usha...keep it coming ;)

Madhavi said...

Great info dear, love almonds!!!

karuna said...

great info. i love almonds.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Lovely post, I usually stock them in cars and my travelling luggages, it helped me a lot when I was stranded in Kansas Airport...

mitr_bayarea said...

It is good for the facial skin to soak the almonds in water, then grind them on a sandal stone by adding a lil milk and applying to the face.

Laavanya said...

That was some good info Usha.. I have a big bag of almonds that i bought recently.

Suma Rajesh said...

its a very informative post..our family loves almonds.

raaji said...

Yes Usha......we have them early in the morning along with our breakfast....they taste real good when soaked....moreover it strengthens the hair follicles....

Lore said...

I usually snack on nuts and almonds are there in my top list :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thanx for sharing Usha and beautiful click of almond:)

Usha said...

Good for you Pam,I need to start doing that,I have not been having almonds all that frequently until now:)


You do that Divya :)

Usha said...

Hey Ivy,I learned only recently that soaking gives us the maximum benefit



Miss V,thanks for visiting and for the recipe link,have bookmarked it and will give it a try soon :)

Usha said...

Sowmya and Cham,Thanks for visiting:)



Hey Vaishali,I did not know this until recently myself :)


Hey Mahimaa,soak it for about 8 to 10 hours :)

Usha said...

Valarmathi, Sia, Sagari, Priti, Madhavi and Karuna, Thanks :)

Usha said...

Gosh Ramya you were stranded in Kansas airport !!! Good for you that you were stocked with stuff like almonds,I need to start doing this:)


Thanks for the tip Mitr,will keep that in mind too, there seems to be no end to the benefits from almonds huh...

Usha said...

Great Laavanya,thanks for visiting :)


Thanks for dropping by Suma :)


Hey Raaji,I agree almonds taste awesome when soaked and did not know about the hair follicles as I mentioned earlier there seems to be no end to the benefits from almonds:)

Usha said...

Hey Lore, I need to start following your example :)


Thanks Raks Kitchen :)

Sarah said...

Hi Usha, I just happened to come upon your blog and realized that you had posted on my superfoods post earlier! My latest superfoods articles is out, tell me what you think!

Also, I'd like to send a shout out to Miss V, I'm glad you liked the recipe!

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