Dry fruits are extremely beneficial in all ways. Whether it is through direct consumption or external use, they never disappoint. Almonds have been gaining significant importance in the new world as we find more and more uses of them. They keep our heart healthy, reduce cholesterol, act as a good source of antioxidants and inhibit ageing and inflammation.
Believe it or not, but babies of women who consume nuts during their pregnancy tend to have lesser chances of nut-related allergies. There are myths in some communities where women are advised to avoid nuts due to some baseless reasons, but now it has been scientifically proven that nuts do indeed, have health benefits for both the mother and the baby.
All things considered, pregnant women who have allergies to nuts should avoid them completely. You can look for substitute food items that will compensate for the nutrients you would have otherwise received from dried fruits or nuts.
Raw almonds are beneficial since they contain a variety of nutrients. They are power packed and are rich in iron, calcium, folic acid and fibre. Almonds contain low levels of saturated fat or trans fat which significantly lowers the risk of coronary heart disease and is consumed in many countries as a snack as part of therapeutic diets. Almonds and a healthy heart are related to each other so much that the American Heart Association has given almonds the “Heart-Check” designation.
This may be a lesser known fact, but soaked almonds are in fact, better than raw almonds. This is so because, the brown peel of almonds contains tannin, which inhibits absorption of nutrients. Once the peel is gotten rid of, the almonds are free to release their nutrients. Soaked almonds also help in digestion by releasing an enzyme called lipase, which is beneficial for fat digestion.
Soaked almonds contain Vitamin B17 and folic acid, which are vital for fighting cancer and reducing birth defects. So if you’d rather have raw almonds because it is quite a task to soak them overnight, think again.
OTHER BENEFITS OF ALMONDS
If you are not on board with the idea of eating almonds on a daily basis, here are just a few more benefits that it has not just for you, but for your little one too:
1. Stronger Bones
Bones of pregnant women tend to get tender at times. Almonds, if consumed in proper proportion can help a great deal with overall bone support. An ounce of almonds contains as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk. They are a great source of magnesium and phosphorus which are important bone-building minerals. You can add almonds to your yoghurt or morning oatmeal.
2. Weight Regulation
While it is normal to gain weight during pregnancy, some women don’t realize if they are just gaining weight due to the pregnancy or due to improper eating and lack of exercise. This extra weight can be difficult to lose post delivery. Almonds help you in regulating weight as they are a good source of antioxidants.
3. Enhanced Metabolism
Children born to overweight or obese women have chances of developing metabolic issues. Almonds provide the mother as well as the baby with a good source of carbohydrates and dietary fat which aid metabolism; reduce inflammation, blood sugar and even stress.