Almond, scientifically termed as Prunus dulcis is a species native to the Middle East and South Asia. While California grows 80 per cent of the world’s almonds today, Spain and Syria are among the other leading almond producers.
Almonds are eaten raw or are toasted to make a crunchy snack. But apart from these two ways of having the wonderfully delicious nuts, there are several culinary uses of almonds. It is added to desserts, salads and ice creams. Almonds are also processed to make almond milk, which is considered to be very healthy and good for those with lactose-intolerance. In some regions almond oil is also used as a substitute for olive oil.
The nutritional value of almonds has been known since ages. While there is a special place for almonds in Ayurveda, medicinal properties of almonds have also been popular in Greece and Italy. Almonds provide high levels of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, fiber, monounsaturated fat, potassium, and calcium. So, add these wonderfully delicious nuts to your regular diet and stay fit and fine.
Myth: Almonds should be consumed only in winters
Fact: Almonds are available and can be consumed throughout the year. There is no scientific proof that almonds cause body heat so you can have them in summers as well.
Myth: Soak and peel almonds before you eat them
Fact: Not at all. In fact it is the skin of the almonds which has the maximum fiber content and fiber is essential for regular bowel movement. Also, the skin of the almonds contains antioxidants. So make sure you don’t always avoid the nutritious skin.