Five benefits of almonds: why they are good for our body

Almonds are super foods appreciated all over the world for their sweet and crunchy taste, but above all for the notable benefits they offer. Furthermore, they are extremely versatile nuts, which is why they are used as a basic ingredient in many dishes and snacks, improving their flavor and increasing their nutrients. From reducing the risk of heart disease to promoting digestive health, incorporating almonds into your diet can offer numerous benefits for your overall well-being .


What are almonds and where do they come from?

Almonds are the edible seeds of the almond fruit , native to the Middle East and are considered a food rich in nutrients and beneficial properties thanks to the high content of:

  • Healthy monounsaturated fats , which lower bad cholesterol and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease;
  • Proteins , whose amino acids are used by the body to build and repair muscle tissue ;
  • Fibre , useful for digestion and regulating blood sugar levels;
  • Vitamin E , an antioxidant that protects the body from oxidative stress ;
  • Magnesium , which is used to maintain the strength of the bones, as well as promoting healthy muscle and nervous functions ;

Almonds also contain few carbohydrates but still represent an excellent source of energy, which is why their consumption has been recommended in a balanced diet to help support optimal health and well-being.

As for our territory, Italy has a rich history of almond production , which are mainly grown in Sicily, Puglia and Calabria. In fact, in these regions, abundant sunlight and moist soil are ideal for the success of almond cultivation. Furthermore, this food plays a significant role in Italian cuisine , it is in fact featured prominently in various traditional dishes and desserts such as marzipan, amaretti and sbrisolona.

almond harvesting

What are the main benefits of almonds?

As we have already said, almonds have many properties that promote the health of our body, but the main benefits that eating these seeds brings are:

  • Heart health : the presence of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats reduces cholesterol levels in the blood and therefore reduces the risk of heart disease. Many studies have in fact shown how the intake of almonds leads to improvements in blood pressure ;
  • More nutrients : Almonds are rich in nutrients that allow the body to assimilate a number of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as vitamin E and magnesium, which play an essential role in maintaining overall health and well-being;
  • Energy boost : the healthy fats present in almonds act as a natural source of energy for our body while the plant-based fibers serve to help you feel full for longer periods of time, while still keeping blood sugar levels stable;
  • Faster digestion : Fiber is essential for maintaining proper digestion and regulating bowel movements, while reducing the risk of digestive disorders. Furthermore, almonds specifically contain prebiotic fibers which promote the regular functioning of the intestinal flora ;
  • Weight management : despite being caloric, almonds can be a valid ally in weight loss , thanks to their satiating effect and their content of healthy fats . Furthermore, almonds can be consumed in many different ways so it can be a food to always integrate in a fun way and to experiment with in the kitchen!

How can I integrate them into my diet?

The question therefore arises spontaneously, almonds can in fact be used in the kitchen for tasty recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner . For dessert lovers:

  • Chocolate balls with coconut and almonds , just prepare a mixture of oat flour, almond butter, chopped coconut and maple syrup and create little balls and then place them in the refrigerator while the dark chocolate in which to dip the chocolate melts in a bain-marie. balls;
  • Baked apples with almond filling , after removing the core you fill the apples with a mixture of chopped almonds, cinnamon, honey and oats, then bake for a delicious dessert;

chocolate pralines

Almonds can also be integrated into savory recipes, such as:

  1. Chicken fillets in an almond crust , just dip the fillets in the beaten egg and then cover them in a mixture of chopped almonds, breadcrumbs and seasonings of your choice, and finally cook everything until you obtain crispy fillets;
  2. Sautéed tofu in an almond crust , a vegetarian version which involves cutting the tofu into cubes and covering them with chopped almonds and corn starch and then sautéing everything in a pan with vegetables and soy sauce;

Furthermore, almonds are also a quick and nutritious but still delicious snack , in addition to normal almonds there are other healthy alternatives:

Energy bar with chocolate and almonds

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