Information on Almonds
Almonds are fruits from the species of tree which comes from the family of rosaceae and the genus of prunus. The botanical name of the tree is prunus dulcis. It is a small deciduous tree which originates from the west regions of Asia. Nowadays it is cultivated in most parts of the world. The tree bears the white or pink flowers which become fruits by autumn. Almond is a single seed drupe, encloses in a hard shell. It is oval in shape, characterized by a brown color, it may be up to 2 centimeters long and its weight may be up to 1.5 grams. Whole shelled almonds are always better than the processes ones. Almonds can be consumed in their raw form, they can be sweetened or salted as well. They are also used for the preparation of milk and in numerous curry and rice dishes. Almond butter is a popular alternative to peanut butter. Almonds are also used for numerous different types of sweets such as sundaes, ice creams, cakes, biscuits and cookies.
Health benefits of Almonds
Almonds are an excellent source of numerous different types of essential nutrients. They are very efficient in reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, preventing the strokes and reducing the risk of the coronary artery disease, due to its high content of palmitoleic acid and oleic acid. They protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals because they are very rich in vitamin E. It is also important to stress out that almonds do not contain any gluten at all. They are an important source of riboflavin, selenium, niacin, zinc, thiamin, magnesium, pantothenic acid, iron, vitamin B6, calcium, folates, potassium and magnesium. Almond oil can be used for the prevention and treatment of numerous skin related medical conditions.
Nutritional Value of Almonds
A serving of 100 grams of fresh, raw almonds contains 575 calories, 1 microgram of lutein-zeaxanthin, 21.67 grams of carbohydrates, 1 microgram of beta carotene, 21.22 grams of proteins, 3.08 milligrams of zinc, 49.42 grams of total fat, 2.5 micrograms of selenium, 12.2 grams of dietary fiber, 484 milligrams of phosphorus, 50 micrograms of folates, 2.28 milligrams of manganese, 3.38 milligrams of niacin, 268 milligrams of magnesium, 0.47 milligrams of pantothenic acid, 3.72 milligrams of iron, 0,14 milligrams of pyridoxine, 0.996 milligrams of copper, 1.01 milligrams of riboflavin, 264 milligrams of calcium, 0.21 milligrams of thiamin, 705 milligrams of potassium, 1 Internation Unit of vitamin A, 1 milligram of sodium and 26 milligrams of vitamin E. Almonds do not contain any cholesterol, vitamin C or beta crypto-xanthin.