Food of the month - ALMONDS

  • The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers.

  • Almonds are among the lowest-calorie nuts. Per one-ounce serving, almonds are tied with cashews and pistachios at 160 calories. They also have more calcium than any other nut, plus nearly 9 grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, 6 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of fibre per ounce. 

  • Almonds pack quite the disease-fighting punch. According to research, just one ounce of almonds contains about the same amount of polyphenols, antioxidants thought to help fight off heart disease and cancer, as a cup of broccoli or green tea.

  • Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients - calcium and magnesium - for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

  • Almond oil, extracted from the nuts, can be used as an emollient. Applied regularly, it helps keep skin well protected from dryness. Additionally, the oil is used in cooking in Iran, and Turkey. It is also used as “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines in aromatherapy, in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Almonds can be added to stews, curries, yogurts, cereals, (healthy) desserts and sauces.

 

From £1.00-£1.50 per 100g in most leading supermarkets

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