Roasted almonds make a delicious and very nutritious snack, and if they are the dry roasted, they do not contribute to weight gain, as many people believe.
Almonds are nuts found inside the fruit of almond tree. The first almond tree was brought to California from Spain in 1700, and California is today one of the largest manufacturers of almonds in the world. It is believed that almonds and dates were among the first crops humans ever cultivated.
Nutrition facts about dry roasted almonds
Dry roasted almonds are backed with minerals, vitamins and beneficial monounsaturated fats. One quarter of a cup of almonds, which is approximately 35 grams, has 206 calories, 0.90 milligrams of manganese, 8.97 milligrams of vitamin E, 98.67 milligrams of magnesium, 0.40 milligrams of copper, 0.30 milligrams of vitamin B2 and 169.70 milligrams of phosphorus.
Dry roasted almonds bought in store usually come in packages of 100 grams, and that amount offers 22.09 grams of protein, 19.29 grams of carbohydrates, 52.83 grams of fat and 11.8 grams of dietary fiber.
Roasted almonds have the same nutritional value as raw ones, except for the vitamin B2 content, which slightly decreases during roasting.
If they salted, the calorie content in almonds remains the same.
Health benefits of dry roasted almonds
One of the main features of almonds is their high vitamin E content. This is why almonds, especially in form of almond oil, are such an important ingredient of so many cosmetic products. Just one ounce of dry roasted almonds makes up for 33 percent of daily requirement of vitamin E.
Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidants, which protect the body from chronic diseases, including cancer.
People who suffer from high cholesterol can benefit from almonds, because they help regulate cholesterol levels in the blood.
Nuts are generally high in protein and dietary fiber, which is good for those who are trying to lose weight, because nuts keep them feeling full for a longer time.
Almonds are a good source of magnesium, a mineral that is essential for proper blood circulation and oxygen supply. Magnesium deficiency can be dangerous and lead to heart attack.
Potassium, on the other hand, regulates the blood pressure and prevents atherosclerosis.
In addition, almonds are highly recommended for pregnant and nursing women, because they contain folic acid which is believed to prevent birth defects.
Dry roasted almonds recipe
Making dry roasted almonds at home is very simple. One cup of almonds with skin should first be boiled briefly so that the skin becomes loose and easy to remove. After boiling them for two or three minutes, almonds are rinsed in cold water and their skin is removed. They should be dried using a paper towel or a clean cloth, and distributed evenly on a lightly greased baking ban. For sweet almonds, they should be sprinkled with white sugar and cinnamon, and for salted almonds one can use table salt, ground chilies, pepper or other spices. Almonds are then baked in the oven on a medium temperature until they turn golden.