“Badam khalo beta, tumhara dimag tez chalega”, an expression we’ve been hearing since our childhood from our mothers and grandmothers. And for a matter of fact what they have been saying all these years does have a merit. It is not only the “dimag joh tez chalega” but many others benefits as well. Let’s see why one should go nuts for nuts! (wink)
1. The Nutrient Profile
Almonds have an impressive nutrient profile. 1 ounce of almonds has 3.5 grams of fiber, 14 grams of fats out of which 9 of them are monounsaturated fats. In addition, you will be delighted to find out that a small ounce of almonds includes 12 per cent of daily required proteins with hardly any cholesterol, needless to say.
2. The Motherhood
Mothers and To-be-Mothers, folic acid is an acid your body needs during this phase of your life and nothing can be better than and as tasty as the almonds. Taste bhi, Health bhi!
3. Dil ka Dohra (Heart Attack)
As mentioned above monounsaturated fats, proteins present in the almonds are the nutrients that make way for a healthy heart. While the Vitamin E present in the almond reduces the risk of heart the magnesium helps avoid it. In addition, a Loma Linda School of Public Health study said that 50% of reduction in risk of heart attack was observed in individuals who consumed almonds 5 times a week.
4. The Skin Benefit
Almond is not only beneficial for adult skin but it is also beneficial for the newborn babies. Almond oil is one of the best recommended oil for the massage of new born babies. Almond is also known for its ability to improve the complexion which justifies its presence in many beauty soaps in the form of almond milk.
5. The Constipation Solution
As the fact goes, consumption of fiber rich foods helps in preventing constipation. In the same way, being a nut rich in fiber (3.5 grams in one ounce) everyday consumption will help you prevent constipation and give you a relief. 4-5 almonds are more than enough to keep the bowels running smoothly, however, do not forget to drink at least 10 glasses of water every day.
However, do remember, eating too many almonds can have a reverse effect. Instead of preventing constipation and abdominal bloating, too much consumption of almonds may trigger it.
6. The Alzheimer’s
The same way almonds are known for its ability to boost our memory they are also very efficient in reducing the risk of Alzheimer due to its positive effect on the neurological activities. Also, just like every other thing has its cons, almonds have their dark side. Consumption of more than 1 ounce of almonds can actually lead to weight gain, crystallization and so on. People suffering from kidney or gall bladder problems should refrain from consumption of almonds in any form.
So, to sum it up all, almonds are great nuts. Tasty, Healthy and requires no preparation.However, consumption of more than 1 ounce of almonds will lead to lots of problems. Be aware of the quantity you are consuming. Anything that’s excessive is bad.
Go nuts with nuts!