Saturday 7 December, 2019

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat almonds

Almonds are the edible seeds of Prunus Dulcis, more commonly called the almond tree. They are native to the Middle East, but the US is now the world's largest producer.

The almond nut produces almond milk, oil, butter, flour or paste and boasts an impressive nutrient profile.

Almonds are highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

They are full of antioxidants which makes them a perfect source of protecting cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to aging and disease.

Almonds are high in vitamin E which builds cell membranes in the body, also protecting your cells from oxidative damage. Studies have linked higher vitamin E intake with lower rates of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Almonds also aid in blood sugar control. The nuts are low in carbohydrates but high in healthy fats, protein and fibre, making them a perfect choice for people with diabetes.

Almond nuts are also filled with magnesium, a mineral which helps to lower blood pressure levels.

The pulp of the almond is known to reduce the risk of heart disease.

There are almonds all over Jamaica, eat the pulp and snack on the nuts and enjoy nature’s bounty.

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