True to the theme of love this Valentine’s Day, if you want to take care of your heart you really can’t look past this nut for its heart-health benefits. Make sure it is ‘skin on’ for a whole-food approach, as evidence shows that this will more than double the antioxidant power of the almond!
Let’s crack on and look at what makes the almond so special for our bodies – inside and out.
5 Food Facts: Almonds
#1 Almonds can reduce your risk of heart disease. While almonds are high in fat, it’s a ‘good fat’ (monounsaturated) like that found in olive oil. It’s this fat that is credited for reducing the risk of heart disease. One study even found that if you substitute nuts for the same amount of carbohydrate in your diet, you lower your risk of heart disease by 30%!
#2 Almonds can lower your cholesterol. Again, it’s the health-promoting monounsaturated fat, combined with the antioxidant action of Vitamin E that gives almonds their cholesterol-lowering power.
#3 Almonds can protect against Diabetes. Including almonds in your meal lowers the rise in blood sugar and insulin normally seen after eating.
#4 Almonds are great for weight management. Full of fibre, a handful of almonds can make you feel full for longer. Separate studies show that almond-enriched diets can assist people to lose weight as well as lowering the risk of weight gain. The numbers stack-up in favour of this nut, with one study finding people who ate nuts twice a week were 31% less likely to gain weight over those who almost never ate nuts!
#5 Almonds are one of the healthiest tree nuts. Don’t be deceived by this small seed, it’s loaded with minerals. Inside the almond you will find Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium. Potassium, riboflavin and niacin. As a bonus, it’s naturally low in sugar and is a great source of protein and fibre.
5 Fun Facts: Almonds
#1 The almond nut has made it to list of the ‘Top 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth’.
#2 The almond is the cousin to the peach and apricot, with the almond being inside the almond fruit.
#3 The fruit of the almond is a called a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the almond seed inside, meaning it is not a true nut.
#4 The almond is celebrated throughout history, even King Tutankhamun took several handfuls of almonds to his grave in 1352 B.C.
#5 Almond trees are 100% reliant on wild bees and honey bees for crop pollination so renting bees for pollination is one of the most costly issues for almond growers.
Face the Fact: Almonds
At Eminence Organics, we are ‘nuts’ for the humble almond!
Almond oil is found in many cosmetic products, being a light and natural oil that combines two essential fatty acids that help create supple skin. Almond milk also makes an amazing moisturiser for any part of the body, being rich in antioxidants that also protect the skin.
Almonds can be useful if you have problem skin, reducing the appearance of acne along with blackheads. Our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser harness the power of the almond along with cucumber juice and yogurt to effectively combat free radicals. For a target solution to acne prone skin, also try Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturiser and Clear Skin Probiotic Masque.
For mature or dry skin, we also recommend using our Almond and Mineral Treatment. Finely crushed almonds will give you a gentle exfoliation to uncover gorgeous skin that feels soft and supple. You could also fight the signs of aging with our Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque, this makes a prefect present for a friend or a lovely treat for yourself!
Celebrate ‘Food for Your Face Friday’, and check out the entire range of Eminence Organic products, they are chemical free, preservative free, handmade and sourced from nature.
Being Valentine’s Day, today is the day to literally be ‘nuts’ for someone! Why not tell us your favourite type of nut.