Fortunately, the delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savoury dishes. The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers.
Some interesting facts about Almonds and how they aid in good health:
Almonds contains no cholesterol – 90% of the fat is unsaturated.Thus helps in increasing the HDL(good)cholesterol in the body
In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, almonds' ability to reduce heart disease risk may also be partly due to the antioxidant action of the vitamin E found in the almonds, as well as to the LDL-lowering effect of almonds' monounsaturated fats.
(LDL is the form of cholesterol that has been linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease).
When almonds are substituted for more traditional fats in human feeding trials, LDL cholesterol can be reduced from 8 to 12%.
Almonds are also rich in calcium, dietary fiber, protein and amino acids
Eating Almonds as a snack can be a healthy option. if substituted carefully, it can provide a powerhouse of nutrients without causing weight gain.
A quarter-cup(15-20) of almonds contains almost 99 mg of magnesium (that's 24.7% of the daily value for this important mineral), plus 257 mg of potassium.
Further research shows that eating almonds along with a high glycemic index food significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal and lessens the rise in blood sugar after eating. (Jones AR, Kendall CW, Metabolism)
Almonds also consist Phytochemicals which inhibit tumour cell growth.