One of the most versatile nuts on the planet is also among the healthiest and nutrient rich organic superfood. A handful of this incredible nut can supply you with loads of essential substances that promotes cardiovascular health, fights diabetes and prevent weight gain.
Almost all ancient civilization used this delightful organic superfood. It is thought to have originated in central Asia and eventually flourished in the Mediterranean via the “Silk Road”. Almond was introduced California in the mid-17th century from Spain by Franciscan priest. Today, California is the largest almond producer in the U.S.
This organic superfood is a medium size tree and is related to the family of peach, cherry and plum. It produces a sweet smelling pink and white flowers that bear fruit with stone-hard seeds. Almond fruit looks like a small, elongated peach covered with a hard green-gray husk that splits open upon reaching maturity exposing a shell containing the nutmeat. The hull provides protection to the nut against toxins and other environmental pollutions. So, what we normally think of as a nut is actually a seed!
Let’s find out some interesting facts why even King Tut of Egypt took a handful of almonds to his grave… not as a talisman I’m sure.
Almond is an organic superfood and what makes it “super” is the high nutritional values it holds that all contributes to improving your cardiovascular health. Aside from having the highest level of protein among all tree nuts, this organic superfood is also a significant source of vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and with zero cholesterol and salt. The high fiber content of almond helps you maintain a healthy balance of your gastrointestinal tract. Its fiber structure can prevent your body from absorbing some of its fat and at the same time decreasing the calories in almond and fats from other foods consumed. A great snack for weight watchers. And going back to King Tut, he may have been a true health buff.
Almond concerns: Almond has a measurable amount of oxalates that can cause health problem if they become too concentrated in your body fluids. Individuals with gallbladder and kidney problem should avoid eating almonds. Almond is also naturally high in calories can be bad if not taken in moderation. Limit your serving size of 23 pieces and you’ll do just fine.
Almond tip: To help you maintain your blood sugar throughout the day, a handful of almond for a mid-morning snack will do the trick. Care to share your favorite way to eat almond?
Stay healthy. Eat organic superfood.
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