Who could dislike almonds? Not only are they nutritious, they are also delicious, whether incorporated into savory dishes or desserts. They are one of the most common superfoods and provide a number of nutrients that support overall health.
There are many interesting facts about this seed (yes, they are seeds and not nuts, as many seem to believe). Here are a few:
Almonds can be eaten raw or dry-roasted
When almonds are fried, they retain their nutritional value and so provide exactly the same benefits as when they are eaten raw. However, when they are subjected to this process, their fat becomes saturated, which increases their calorie count. Our best advice is to read the packaging and labeling carefully.
There is such thing as pasteurized almonds
Interestingly, 80% of commercially produced almonds are outsourced from California. Due to two outbreaks of salmonella caused by raw almonds in 2001 and 2004, the FDA stated that raw almonds needed to be pasteurized. This involves steaming raw almonds to sanitize them and prevent the growth of microbes.
Almonds strengthen your immune system
Almonds are known for being rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. These natural antioxidants fight off free radicals and thus protect the different organs, especially the heart. Polyphenols also prevent the occurrence and development of certain forms of cancer.
Almonds are low in calories
As well as providing nourishment to the body, almonds are known for being low in calories. In fact, one ounce of almonds contains just 168 calories. Make sure to include some varietyh of almonds on your diet like smoked almonds, almond seed cubes, cacao hemp almond, and almond milk.
Green almonds exist
Green almonds are rare, but are just as beneficial as the regular variety. They are essentially raw almonds which contain a large number of nutrients. They have long been known for their health benefits for the skin, hair, bones, and organs such as the heart.