ALMONDS ALMONDS Can Help You Lose Weight
Almonds are alkaline and for this reason alone the almond nut in the raw state is a great food, ideal for obtaining the 75% alkaline daily food balance. All foods except fruits, vegetables and rice are acid forming; the almond is a great exception. An alkaline body balance promotes natural healing
Almonds are also a great provider of lipids, especially monounsaturated at 32g, with polyunsaturated 12g and saturated 4g. In one study, comparing two weight-loss diets, the ‘almond diet’ proved to reduce weight and blood pressure 30% better than the standard low-calorie, low-fat diet. It was found that not all the fat in almonds is absorbed, as the cell walls in the almond nut acts as a partial barrier to fat absorption. Furthermore, the abundance of monounsaturated fats in almonds is ideal for energy requirements and is readily used by the body, plus it reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.
Almonds provide only a trace amount of omega-3, but they supply 10g of omega-6, the other essential fatty acid. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E (26mg) or 90% of the daily value (d.v.) requirement. Vitamin E is a major antioxidant; it reduces the risk of heart disease as it protects against oxidation of LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol that leads to heart disease. Vitamin E also promotes blood circulation, heart muscle function and the life of body cells. One study showed a 45% decrease in the risk of heart disease by substituting the fats in almonds for the saturated fats in meat. In summary, lipids in almonds are safe and beneficial. For more information on almond oil, refer to Section entitled as Almond Oil.
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In regards to the protein value of raw almonds, they provide complete protein, as they supply the eight essential amino acids (refer to the chart 4). Almonds supply 20% protein, with 21g or nearly 40% of the d.v. requirement for the average adult, but with only 20% of daily calories that’s a very
impressive figure! Almonds are an excellent magnesium food (275mg or 100% d.v.) and this promotes blood flow and reduced risk of heart attacks, plus it is essential for the health of the nervous system and brain, as it nourishes the white nerve fibres and helps the nerves to relax.
In addition, the excellent phosphorus content (474mg) is vital for the repair of the nervous system, improved blood circulation, memory and concentration. If you are writing a thesis, without almonds, it’s a brain drain! Almonds promote creativity, plus the good manganese content (3mg) promotes memory abilities.
The calcium content in almonds is excellent (248mg) and for dairy intolerant persons, almonds are ideal. They are the best nut source of calcium, and apart from tahini and tofu, only dairy is higher but it supplies considerable saturated fats and cholesterol. Almonds provide safe calcium. Almonds are a great source of dietary fibre (12g), and when eaten as a snack with apples, their protein digestion is enhanced. Almonds are also full of copper (56% d.v.), iron (24% d.v.), zinc (22% d.v.), potassium (21% d.v.), B2 (48% d.v.), B3 (20% d.v.) and biotin (100% d.v.), essential for fat metabolism.
As well as eaten in nut form, almonds can be ground and added to cereal. They are so great, you could literally write a blog on them! The perfect alkaline protein.
NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.
C. P. L. CALORIES – total: 656 kcal. per 100 grams
7 8 85 Calories from: Carb: 50 Protein: 50 Fat: 556