Almond is one of the most used ingredients in our gastronomy. If the Mediterranean diet is famous, it is partly because of the use of nuts. And the properties of almonds have a lot to say.
We are talking about one of the most widely used ingredients in Spanish cuisine, especially in traditional desserts and sweets. But let’s look at the nutritional value of almonds, what they bring and what they can be beneficial for. And what better we review 9 reasons why we should eat almonds or products that include this ingredient as ours:
For its fat content (unsaturated)
I’m sure you’ve heard about saturated fats and the health problems they can carry. You should know that the almond has a wide content of unsaturated fats, precisely those that benefit cardiovascular health. Saturated fat, bad fats, are hard to remove by our bodies. These are the ones that tend to accumulate. In the case of the unsaturated the body is able to eliminate them by itself.
For its vegetable proteins
Another of the nutritional values of an almond comes from the hand of its vegetable proteins. This type of protein is considered to be of good quality for its contribution in essential amino acids.
Because of its high fiber content
The fiber content of the nuts is very high. And among them, the almond is the one that has the most fiber. It is also true that it causes an important laxative effect.
To strengthen the bones
The almond contains a lot of calcium. Not surprisingly, almond milk has become very fashionable in recent years. Many experts recommend it as a substitute for cow’s milk to strengthen bones and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis. A single almond already accounts for 6% of the daily recommended intake of calcium, potassium and iron. And all thanks to phosphorus and almond magnesium.
To prevent cancer and degenerative diseases
If we talk about almond vitamins We should highlight the vitamin E which has an important antioxidant action. In turn, zinc and phytosterols are added to the antioxidant action to assist in the prevention of cancer cells and degenerative diseases.
How to Source Vitamins
But in addition to vitamin E almonds are also a source of vitamins including lass vitamins B1, B5, B6 and B9
To quench your appetite
For some reason that is unknown for a long time it spread the myth that almonds fatten. Nothing farther from reality. What’s more, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that they help to satiate the appetite.
To reduce cholesterol naturally
Consumption of almonds helps to reduce the known as bad cholesterol, LDL. They also help to increase cholesterol levels well, HDL.
To be happier
It is not that almond is a hallucinogenic fruit or produces states of passing happiness. Simply the almond is rich in tyrosine, key in the production of the known as hormone of happiness, dopamine. So the benefits of almonds go beyond the physical. Dopamine is an indispensable neurotransmitter for neurons.
In short, the properties of almonds are so many and so varied that we could hardly live without them. And best of all is that to enjoy them not only we can and should eat almonds but in our gastronomy we have countless sweets and almond desserts, a healthy and practical way to eat almonds. For example we can find those known as Almond rosegones or almond shingles or why not traditionalice creams.