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13 reasons why you should eat almonds

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Almonds have tons of positive effects

Almonds have tons of positive effects

About the fruit

Almond is the name of the edible seed of the small and deciduous almond tree , which is native in South Asia and the Middle East. These trees grow fruits, drupe s, which consist of a green, outer coat (hull ) and a hard nut (about 2cms big) inside the coat in which the almond lies. The drupes are picked when they get mature enough, as the outer hull dries off the hard nut.

Almonds are usually sold 3 different ways: blanched, shelled or unshelled. In this article I will talk about the benefits of the first two almonds, so the blanched (the white seed without the seedcoat) and the shelled (the seed right after its hard shell was removed) almond.

Young almonds on the almond tree

Young almonds on the almond tree

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The reasons

  1. Almonds contain calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, which help in the growth of bones and also help them to remain strong.
  2. It can ease menstrual cramps.
  3. It helps to reduce depression, stress and fatigue.
  4. Almonds can stimulate brain activity (antioxidant-effect).
  5. It can prevent cholesterol to deposit in the veins.
  6. Almonds contain amino-acids that help the heart, the liver and the pancreas to function; therefore it is also a great cure for constipation.
  7. Contains lots of vitamin E, which can help the skin to remain young, soft and moisturized, therefore this fruit is good for anti-aging. (100g of almonds contain 25g of vitamin E .)
  8. Has a great diuretic effect, so it is the ideal tool to cleanse the kidney and the bladder.
  9. Almonds help the whole respiratory system, especially the lungs.
  10. It is one of the best sources of protein and unsaturated fats; therefore it is a favourite of vegetarian people, too.
  11. It is a great source of energy and also helps us to feel full, so it is good for losing weight.
  12. Almonds can help to prevent cancer.
  13. It has a positive effect on diabetes and in the prevention of this disease.

Tips for buying

If you are planning to buy some almonds to enjoy all of the above mentioned positive effects, the best is if you buy unshelled almonds, as during transportation many outer, negative effects can affect the seed. You can unshell the almond easily at home – you just need a simple hammer and a hard surface to crack it. (Be careful!)

Also, make sure that the almonds you buy are looking healthy (light-brownish colour), they don’t have a rancid smell and each have about an equal weight (none of them are rotten inside). At home, you can store almonds in a dry and cool place for years.


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Comments on Almonds

Sophie (author) from United Kingdom on September 06, 2012:

I agree, this nut is completely delicious! And the fact that it really does sooo much good for our body is just the icing on the cake.

Steve Wright from Norwich, England on September 06, 2012:

I absolutely love almonds, and it is always good to really like a food that actually does you so much good. Most things that people really like don't provide them with any benefits nutritionally.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on September 06, 2012:

That's an awesome list of reasons to eat almonds. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful!

Sophie (author) from United Kingdom on September 03, 2012:

Thank you, tillsontitan, I'm glad you liked this - almonds are truly fantastic!

Mary Craig from New York on September 03, 2012:

Nice hub...concise and yet loaded with good information! Add to that the nutritional value of almonds and you've really got an educational hub us nut lovers will love!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Sophie (author) from United Kingdom on August 24, 2012:

My pleasure, it is a great picture, thank YOU for sharing it and letting me use it :).

Keep up the good work and provide us with more great photos - they are just lovely!

Best wishes!

Vassilis Online on August 24, 2012:

Thank you for using one of my almond picture and mention my flickr account -:)

Angel Caleb Santos from Hampton Roads, Virginia on August 19, 2012:

Informative. Voted up!

Stephen Govoni from Coastal Massachusetts on August 19, 2012:

I love almonds. This just made me love them even more. Now to covince my wife why they are so amazing... maybe this hub will come in useful ;)

Sophie (author) from United Kingdom on August 18, 2012:

Thank you ladies for your comments, I am happy I was able to help with these information :).

Thanks for reading!

formosangirl from Los Angeles on August 18, 2012:

I am glad that I read this article. We eat a lot of almonds in my family. Voted Up and Useful.

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 18, 2012:

A lot of benefits. I like to eat a handful of nuts for a snack. I do cook with almonds quite often. I like the pictures of the different stages they run through.

I always like hearing the things I eat are giving me greater benefits then imagined.

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