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Almonds have a delicate but very distinct flavor which works well in a lot of dishes. Almonds delight the taste buds as well when eaten on their own. Almonds can be shaved and added to pastries and salads for that extra crunch and they can also be used as an additional texture for savory meals. If you love the heavenly taste and crunch of the almond, then you’d be glad to know that while you’re enjoying eating it, it’s also doing beneficial things to your body. Almonds are fortunately available all year round which means you can get your hands on almonds practically anytime you please without having to worry about seasons. In terms of nutrition, almonds are highest in manganese which is important for bone health and it is also high in vitamin E, an antioxidant which protects the cells from damage. Almonds also contain significant amounts of other nutrients including magnesium (improves blood and oxygen flow), tryptophan, copper, B vitamins, and phosphorous (an electrolyte that is important in promoting nerve health).
You may protest: aren’t nuts high in fats? To tell you frankly, yes nuts are notoriously high in fats. But the good news is that almonds, like most nuts, are high in the good kinds of fats, namely monounsaturated fats. Unlike saturated fats and trans fats, unsaturated fats does not wreak havoc in human bodies. It in fact has many benefits including balancing cholesterol levels in the body, and it also reduces the risk of getting heart disease. The key in eating nuts like almonds is to consume it in moderation. Usually, for daily consumption, a handful is enough.

Almonds are also beneficial for people suffering from diabetes. Diabetes is a condition wherein the individual’s body cannot properly regulate their blood sugar levels and this can cause a range of complications. In order to avoid complications, diabetics need to properly monitor their blood sugar levels and one way to do this is to eat low glycemic index foods or foods that do not convert to sugar too quickly. Almond is a great food for diabetics because it has a low glycemic index rating. In a study done to check for almonds effects on blood sugar levels in diabetics, it was found that in people who ate meals that contained almonds, antioxidant levels were increased and almonds also decreased incidences of blood sugar spikes after every meal. Almonds also seemed to have an equalizing effect when it is consumed together with high glycemic index rating foods, stabilizing the effects on blood sugar brought about by the high glycemic index foods.

Almonds is one of the most healthy nuts around that is endorsed by health officials, along with pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts pistachios and walnuts. So add nuts up to your meals for that nice crunch and added taste, or snack on them instead of reaching for breads, sweets or potato chips. A useful tip in consuming almonds is to consume them whole, skin and all. According to Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph. D. of Tufts University: "We have identified a unique combination of flavonoids in almonds… Further blood tests demonstrated that eating almonds with their skins significantly increases both flavonoids and vitamin E in the body. This could have significant health implications, especially as people age."