Snacking on almonds has been shown to reduce oxidized LDL. They protect LDL from oxidation, which is responsible for the development of heart disease. High levels of bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol in your blood is a well-known risk factor for heart disease.
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Almonds are rich in biotin, Vitamin E, manganese, vitamin B2, phosphorous, magnesium and fibre. Along with these vitamins and minerals, almonds are also the great sources of protein, omega- 3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Low magnesium levels are strongly linked to high blood pressure. Almonds are great sources of magnesium and it can help to control blood pressure and diabetes.
Almond is a great source of Vitamin E – these antioxidants tend to protect your cells from oxidative damage and have numerous health benefits.
But, which one should you consume? raw almonds or the soaked ones??
We all know about their health benefits. But, many are unaware of the fact that soaked almonds have much more benefits and healthier than the raw one. Soak the almonds overnight, discard the water and peel off the skin for better nutrition.
If you love eating raw almonds due to its crunchiness and hate the idea of soaking it overnight, then it’s time to start soaking. Choosing between soaked almonds and raw almonds isn’t just a matter of taste, it’s about picking the healthier option.
1) The brown peel of almonds contains tannin which inhibits the nutrient absorption. Once you soak the almonds, the peel comes off easily and allows the nut to release all nutrients easily.
2) Almonds contain an enzyme inhibitor in their brown skin. Eating almonds without removing the inhibitor limits your body to absorb the nutrients, and makes the almond difficult to digest. By soaking almonds, it helps in releasing enzymes which in turn help with digestion. Soaking almonds releases enzyme lipase which is beneficial for digestion of fats.
3) Soaked almonds also contain Vitamin B17, which is vital for fighting cancer.
4) Almonds are also high in phytic acid, a substance that binds certain minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. Phytic acid impairs the absorption of iron, zinc and calcium and may promote mineral deficiencies. But, soaking can help to reduce the phytic acid content.
5) Vitamin E from the soaked almonds works as an antioxidant which inhibits free radical damage to prevent ageing and inflammation.
6) Soaked almonds contain folic acid that is vital for reducing birth defects.
7) The monounsaturated fats in almonds control your appetite and make you feel fuller. Keeping soaked almonds handy helps you to avoid binge eating, thereby triggering weight loss.
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