The Food Coach

Healthy Food Database - Almonds

These are the prince of all nuts - high in fibre, calcium and "good" fat. Almonds are also one of the few foods that help to alkalise the blood.
Almonds can be purchased whole, raw and roasted, slivered, flaked and ground. Ground almonds are delicious as a healthy gluten free substitute for wheat in baking.There are many health benefits to consuming almonds including improving blood cholesterol and digestion, and reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. A healthy serve is 30 grams.
When choosing nuts, look for crisp, plump
kernels. If buying them in the shell, select
clean nuts free from cracks and holes. To
keep nuts in the best condition, store them
in an airtight container in the refrigerator
or freezer. Nuts can be refrigerated for up
to four months and frozen for up to six
months. Return nuts to room temperature
before eating.
Category: Nut
In Season: all year
To Buy: Buy small quantities of nuts at a time as nuts go rancid after a while.
To Store: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Can also be stored in the fridge.
Tips & Tricks: Carry almonds as a mid-afternoon snack.

Nutrition (Per serve):

Weight (grams): 15
Carbohydrates, g: 0.7
Fat (g): 8.3
Monosaturated Fat , g: 5.4
Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant and immune system stimulator, this vitamin is composed of a group of compounds called tocopherols. Protects the body from free radicals, improves oxygen and blood supply to the muscles and heart for better stamina, reducing blood pressure and imroving circulation. Prevents the oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol and inhibits scar tissue formation in arteries and skin, and counters the effects of ageing.

Contraindications:
Taken in excess may cause toxicity. Not advised for patients taking Vitamin K or anti-coagulant medicine as it may counter or exacerbate effects.
Magnesium: Involved in energy production and proper functioning of muscles and nerves, magnesium also promotes the absorption of other minerals and promotes blood vessel dilation and lowers the risk of blood clots.
Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Very High
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a
Energy (kJ): 379
Protein (g): 3.0
Saturated Fat, g : 0.5
Vitamin B2: Aids in the metabolism of fats, protein and carbohydrate. Also involved in maintaining mucous membranes and body tissues, good vision and health of skin.
Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body, calcium is essential for health of bones and teeth, and also for nerve transmission, cardiovascular health, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
Antioxidants:
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. Very high

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: Almonds are high in "good fat" and can burn easily. When roasting almonds use a dry shallow frying pan over a moderate heat, stirring continuously until dark in colour.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Atherosclerosis
High Blood Cholesterol
Detoxifying
Headache
Stress

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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