Almonds are the seed kernels (seed) of the almond tree of the plum genus.
High nutritional value, tenderness of taste and the benefits of fruits for the body have long been appreciated by doctors, cooks, people who monitor their health and prefer natural “medicines” to medicines.
How to eat almonds
The daily norm for these grains is 20-30 grams, but certainly not more than 50. They are consumed raw, fried or in desserts (sometimes in hot first and second courses).
From almonds make spices, crumbs. Nuts are peeled by crushing with a hammer or using a nutcracker. Be sure to peel the core of the peel, it contains toxic substances.
This is done in a few steps:
- Boil in boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour cold water for 10 minutes.
- By pressing on the nut, they clear the brown corrugated peel.
- Dried in the oven on a dry baking sheet for 3 minutes at 100 degrees.
Useful properties of almonds
Adding nuts to a regular diet has a positive effect on blood lipids, replenishing the antioxidant vitamin E contained in human blood plasma. Nuts are popularly used in the treatment of gastric tract disorders and kidney problems.
Studies in Italy have shown that the constant use of almonds improves the body's resistance to viral diseases.
It is recommended to add nuts to the diet during the transitional seasons (spring, autumn), since at this time the immune system is especially sensitive to colds and flu. During the illness, sweet grains will soften the throat and relieve irritation.
The kernels are widely used not only for medical purposes, but also in the preparation of various dishes, sweets, even vegetable milk.
In perfumery, almond extract is often added to create a soft and rich aroma. Processing elements are also used in the creation of pharmaceutical drugs. Almond bran is widely used for cosmetic purposes, to create moisturizers and regenerating cosmetics.
BZHU, calorie content and GI
Despite the high nutritional value, walnut is considered indispensable in the diet menu due to its saturation with fats, amino acids, vitamins and nutrients.
A day, a handful of kernels (about 30 g) is enough for a person, 20-25 pieces will go out at this weight. In such a portion there will be only 170 kcal.
BZHU and calories per 100 g of almonds are presented in the table.
|Glycemic index||25 units|
|Calorie content||645 kcal|
|Vitamins||Riboflavin, thiamine, pyridoxine, PP, tocopherol|
|Minerals||Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Selenium, Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper|
The effect of almonds on the human body
Nuts are actively used in all areas of medicine.
This is a general therapy, and highly specialized, even cosmetology. The substances contained in the product improve the functioning of the stomach, heal ulcers, relieve gastritis, give a choleretic effect, support the work of the liver and kidneys (even remove stones).
Calcium strengthens the cartilaginous joint tissue, fights the rheumatoid process, restores bones in case of fractures. Nuclei tone muscles, allow you to forget about cramps and pains.
The same property applies to the heart: nuts help with heart failure.
In addition, the fruits soothe the nervous system, save from insomnia. Along with this, the nuclei stimulate brain activity, level depression, raise mood, restore strength when overworked.
Interesting! Some oncologists believe that daily consumption of almonds reduces the risk of cancer.
Why almonds are good for men
In addition to the general effect on the human body, specifically for the male, the nucleus will be interesting for its property of improving potency, increasing "male" strength.
The fact is that fruits contain several substances that affect blood flow and hormone stabilization:
- Zinc and selenium , without which the production of testosterone freezes. A handful of almond kernels contains the daily norm for an adult. Trace elements stimulate the production of sperm and hormones.
- Tocopherol (or Vitamin E) prevents the rapid oxidation of oxygen, which the genitals need for the proper flow of blood and semen. It also activates the pituitary gland, which affects the duration of sexual intercourse.
- Arginine and selenium contribute to antioxidant activity and accelerate blood circulation. This prevents vascular disease and impotence in older men.
Why almonds are good for women
In addition to properties that are important regardless of gender and age, there are a number of useful qualities of the product specifically for women.
The fetus favorably affects the reproductive system, helps pregnant mothers to bear the fetus:
- improves blood flow, saturates it with oxygen, helps in the fight against anemia (which is important during childbirth, when a woman loses a lot of blood);
- eliminates periodic menstrual pain;
- improves the tone of the face;
- fights acne, rashes (cleans toxins, toxins, disinfects);
- oil strengthens hair, nails, gives active growth to eyelashes.
Almonds for children
Introduction to the diet of almond crumbs is allowed from 2 years, then it is added to baking or drinks.
Whole kernels are given to children over 3 years old for 1-3 pieces in 2 days (provided there is no allergy). Up to this age, walnut oil is used for baby skin care: it nourishes, moisturizes and removes excess water.
For a growing small organism, the fetus provides all the necessary vitamins. It increases the level and digestibility of iron, due to which the blood composition improves.
The high content of calcium provides a harmonious development of the skeletal system. Almond helps physically weak children to strengthen the heart muscle. Also, the nut contributes to the development of intelligence, accelerate thinking, improve sleep and mood.
Is it possible to lose weight by eating almonds?
Nuts are high-calorie, so you need to carefully enter them into the diet of a losing weight. To maintain harmony, adhering to proper nutrition, you can eat 30-50 grams of unroasted nuts, peeled.
The core helps to store energy, which is often not enough for pregnant women or athletes. Useful snacks consisting of a handful of almonds will allow you to forget about harmful business lunches, chocolates or bars.
In addition, the oil perfectly copes with cleansing the intestines, gently removes toxins and toxins. Overweight people are not recommended to eat grains more than 3 times a week.
The benefits of almond oil
This product is considered one of the most powerful bactericides . It has a pronounced property of an antiseptic that eliminates irritation and disinfects wounds.
Oil softens the skin, stimulates blood flow and healing. Due to the same effect, it is used in medicine as enveloping for the stomach, reducing acidity, facilitating the digestion process. It also works as a laxative.
Often almonds are also processed in cosmetology. It accelerates hair growth and nourishes the hair follicles, so this component is often found in shampoos and gels for eyelashes and eyebrows. In addition to growth, the nut gives the hair a natural shine and a strong structure.
Oil does not cause skin irritation, so dermatologists advise using it even in caring for infants. It nourishes the skin, evens out the tone of the face, moisturizes the skin even in sensitive areas: neckline, bikini, eyelids.
Important! The product is good in the fight against cellulite. It is taken as a tonic for massages: substances quickly penetrate the lymph, stimulate blood flow, remove water and even the fossa.
Bitter almond oil is highly regarded in aromatherapy. It improves concentration, helps to recover from shock and depressive states, returns to consciousness, activates brain activity.
Harm and contraindications
Almonds are a storehouse of vitamins, macro- and microelements, but if the nut is not ripened to the end, it becomes a strong irritant. Unripe kernels contain hydrocyanic acid, which causes poisoning and eating disorders.
In addition, almonds are an allergen. It is not recommended for people prone to allergic irritations.
Due to the high calorie content and fat content, walnut is prohibited for obese people. One of its properties is an increase in muscle tone, therefore it is better not to use the nucleus for hypertensive patients and those suffering from heart rhythm drops.
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Nuts are important components of the human diet. They stimulate mental activity, give energy. Introducing them into the daily or weekly menu avoids health problems in the absence of an allergic reaction.