Did you know that almonds come from the same family with roses? Mind blowing, I know. But, wait for this. They are even called as “the queen of the rose family”. Well, if we take a look at their nutrition value, you’ll know it’s hard not to call them queen!
So, here are the top 5 benefits you can harvest from eating or using almonds in your daily lives.
1. A strong heart
When everything seems to have both sides, it includes fat too. The unsaturated fatty acid or the healthy fat found in almonds or nuts in general are able to undo the harm unhealthy fat has done to us. In simple terms, healthy fat may protect the heart, lower cholesterol level and lower blood pressure. In fact, the healthy fats found in almonds are higher than many other foods that we consume on a daily basis. So, start throwing in almonds in your diet now? Stay, literally, young at heart ‘till you’re 60.
2. Healthy cholesterol level
By protecting your heart, almonds lower your bad cholesterol level too. The bad cholesterol tends to clog and harden arteries, which lead to heart diseases. While for the good cholesterol, it brings the bad cholesterol away from the arteries to be destroyed.
Well lucky for all of us, almonds don’t just reduce the bad cholesterol, they increase the good one too to further protect your heart. According to studies, adding almonds in your daily meals may reduce the bad cholesterol by 4% to as much as 35%, and may also increase the good cholesterol up to about 4%.
3. Strong bones
Calcium, Vitamin K, magnesium, copper… all the essential nutrients needed for healthy bones, almond has it all. Doesn’t just help building stronger bones, almond helps prevent osteoporosis too, which is a type of bone disease occurs when the body loses too much bone, or makes too little bone. Consequently, it causes bones becoming weak and may easily break from minor incidents. Pretty scary, eh? *Shoving almonds into my mouth meanwhile. *
Well, this is not just beneficial to many of us, it is especially great news for people who are lactose intolerance or simply hate dairy products. According to nutritionists, one cup of almonds is around 26% higher than one cup of milk. If you are one of them who can’t have milk and cheese products, you can happily snack on almonds now and never worry about a broken bone.
4. Smooth Skin
- No more botox, no more expensive beauty drinks. All you need is just a handful of almonds. Easy, affordable, and healthy. Rich in Vitamin A and E, it helps keeping the skin hydrated and protects the skin from certain skin problems such as acne, eczema and dark spots. Plus, the healthy fat in almonds can keep the skin supple and smooth like a new born!
5. Healthy Weight
Fact or myth. Eating almonds or nuts in general is going to make you fat? Big time myth. Even though almonds are high in calories, they still help greatly in losing weight, thanks to the high amount of protein and fiber found in almonds.
Both protein and fiber can actually promote a sense of fullness and help suppress the appetite. By that means, eating almonds can make you feel fuller for a longer period of time, you’ll feel hungry less and therefore eat less. So, I guess now we all know what’s the perfect food after 8pm then.