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Raw Almonds Make a Great Snack

Posted by Fritz on October 12, 2010 at 6:45 PM

At Organico, we use raw almonds in our raw foods recipes,including Fritz’s original Raw Dip, and sell them by weight, whole and sliced,along with a wide selection of other nuts and seeds, including raw organiccacao seeds.  Almonds are rich in dietaryfiber, vitamins, and minerals and packed with numerous health promotingphyto-chemicals, which offer protection against diseases and cancers.

These nuts are a rich source of energy and nutrients.  Soaking them in water for a few hours willmake them more mild.  They are especiallyrich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleicacids that help to lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" andincrease HDL or "good cholesterol". 

The nuts are an excellent source of vitaminE, about 25 g per100 g (about 170% of RDA).  Vitamin E is a powerful lipid solubleantioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucusmembranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen free radicals.  33% of the daily requirement of Vitamin Erequired by the body can be made up by taking one ounce of almonds, about 27grams.

Almonds are gluten-freeand healthy alternatives for people with wheat foodallergy and celiac disease.  They can be used to prepare a floursubstitute.  Almondmilk is lactose free, makingit an alternative to cow's milk for people who are lactose intolerant.

These nuts are packed with many important B-complex vitaminssuch as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Almonds are also high in folic acid,which is beneficial for expecting mothers and their newborn babies. Folic acid helps inpreventing any kind of abnormalities in infants.

They are also rich source of minerals like manganese,potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

Magnesiumis required by the body for undisturbed bloodcirculation, oxygen and several nutrients throughout the body. Mostcases of heart attacks are associated with a deficiency of this importantmineral. So, a quarter-cup of almonds provides about 25% of the dailyrequirement of magnesium. 

Potassiumis another substance which has its role in nerve transmission and contractionof different body muscles.  Normal blood pressure and proper heart function is thusdependent on an adequate quantity of this mineral. A quarter cup of almondscontain 257 mg of potassium, and beefs up your defense against high blood pressureand atherosclerosis.

Among other health benefits is its quality to enhance brainpower.  For good memory, we require thebrain boosting element known as riboflavin and L-carnitine, which are alsofound in abundance in almonds.


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