Almond fanatics across the world will tell you that the best way to eat almond is after soaking it, preferably overnight
But what good does soaking almonds do?
If eaten in moderate quantities, almonds provide several essential nutrients. For one, they are 20% protein. If you eat an ounce of almonds a day (about 24 nuts) you will get about 5.6 grams of protein. They are also rich in Vitamin E and magnesium and contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and omega 3 acid.
Why soaking them before eating?
The brown peel of almonds contains tannin. It inhibits nutrient absorption. Once you soak almonds the peel comes off easily and allows the nut to release all nutrients easily. Eating soaked almonds will make them good for digestion and give you more nutrients.
Benefits of soaked almonds daily:
Healthy Bones: The high vitamin and mineral content, including, phosphorus, strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis.
Help with weight-loss: The monounsaturated fats in almonds curb your appetite and keep you full. So feel free to snack on them because they’ll help you avoid binge-eating and trigger weight-loss.
Regulating pressure: Since they are high in potassium, almonds regulate blood pressure. Help in lowering and maintaining glucose levels and regulating high blood pressure.
Regulates Cholesterol: Almonds are rich in calcium and vitamin E. So, they regulate cholesterol levels.
Promotes Brain Health: Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which improves the function of brain and lowers the risk of Alzhimer’s.
Support Heart Health: They also contain protein, potassium, and monounsaturated fats which improve heart health and treat inflammation in the arteries. Furthermore, magnesium prevents heart attacks, and vitamin A treats heart issues.
Boost Energy Levels: By eating a handful of almonds daily, you increase the metabolic rate, as they are rich in riboflavin, manganese, and copper.
Regulating Pressure: the potassium levels, the pressure and the low sodium controls it.
Prevention of Cancer: If you improve food moving in the colon, you reduce the risk of colon cancer. Soaked almonds contain Vitamin B17 which is vital for fighting cancer.
Once soaked the brown skin or seed coat comes off. This enables the release of nutrients and also makes the process of eating nuts much easier on the stomach. The stomach enzymes can now work freely and maximum absorption of the nutrients will take place.
So make a habit, soak the almonds overnight and have your daily share of nutrition every morning.