Almond

The almond is the fruit of the almond tree. The exocarp is gray-green color and is fluffy. Inside there is a core, a woody shell and inside it one or two seeds are also used for food or processed.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value

Depending on the variety of tree seeds are sweet or bitter. Almonds contain 25-40% almond oil, used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetology and perfumery. In many countries the almonds used for healing of nerve and eating disorders as well as for the prevention of cancer. In some countries almond-dwarf cultivated as an ornamental plant.

Consumption methods

Consumption methods

Almonds can be eaten raw or roasted and salted. The ancient Greeks, Hittites, Romans and Europeans in the Middle Ages and were used in cookery, which is even today. Also roasted and chopped, processed or used whole and pastry. In Greece known sweets manufactured from almonds is marzipan. Also almonds widely used in chocolate fillings. Almonds contain 18% protein.

Health benefits

Health benefits

Numerous studies show that the moderate consumption of almonds frequently contributes to the reduction of "bad" cholesterol (LDL). Also, it appears that frequent consumption of almonds reduces the likelihood of becoming ill with type II diabetes. It is an excellent source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated acids. Contained omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory activity, the shields immune system, contribute to the development of the brain and promote cardiovascular function.

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