Almond flakes are a well-known kitchen ingredient. They are characterized by an excellent taste, which perfectly highlights the character of numerous pastries, as well as salads and meat dishes. Nevertheless, in addition to the undoubted taste qualities, this product is also characterized by a rich content of nutrients, vitamins and minerals valuable for health. It turns out that introducing almonds to a balanced diet, in combination with regular physical activity, can help protect our cardiovascular system, as well as reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes in the future.
Where do they come from and what are the characteristics of almond flakes?
Almond flakes are made from peeled and then cut into narrow almond flakes. Although they are often called nuts, almonds are actually the seeds of the almond fruit. This plant belongs to the perennial species and belongs to the rose family. In natural conditions, it occurs in Minor and Central Asia. Therefore, its numerous crops can be found in Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Due to the great interest in almond seeds, the plant was also cultivated in North Africa, West Asia and in some European countries, such as Portugal, France, Croatia and Italy. Today, we can distinguish two types of almonds:
Sweet almonds - more often grown, from which tasty almond flakes are made. They are characterized by a delicate taste and are widely used in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries;
Bitter almonds - grown less frequently, due to the content of amygdalin (a substance with a highly poisonous effect). They are used, among others, in the production of perfumes and varnishes, as well as cosmetics intended for body care.
The flakes obtained from almonds are rich in nutrients valuable for health. They are primarily a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids. In addition, they are able to provide our body with valuable vitamins (such as: vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E) and essential minerals (including: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and sodium). Interestingly, almond flakes also contain fiber that is essential for the health of our digestive system and a large amount of protein.
Almond flakes are characterized by a delicate cream color and unique taste and aroma. They are flat and approx. 1 cm long. It is worth remembering that this product, before it reaches our tables, undergoes blanching processes, which contributes to emphasizing its taste and unusual smell.
Almond flakes - health properties and influence on human well-being
Due to nutrients, vitamins and minerals valuable to health, introducing almond flakes to a balanced diet, in combination with systematic physical activity, can contribute to the improvement of our health and everyday well-being. The importance of almonds is emphasized primarily in the prevention of cardiovascular disorders. Scientific research confirms that introducing these seeds to the daily diet helps to lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Achieving the above effect was possible thanks to the content in almonds of a large dose of vitamin E, valuable flavonoids, fiber and essential unsaturated fatty acids. It is also worth knowing that vitamin E is responsible for regulating the proper level of cholesterol. On the other hand, flavonoids inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol by free radicals, thus preventing the formation of life-threatening blood clots. Therefore, almonds are an indispensable element of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which aims to counteract the development of hypertension, and thus the formation of other cardiological disorders in the future.
The latest scientific reports also indicate that regular consumption of almonds, in conjunction with a balanced diet, reduces the risk of type II diabetes. It turns out that these seeds improve the level of insulin response. Interestingly, although they are very caloric, almonds can contribute to increasing the effectiveness of the weight loss methods used. Thanks to the essential fatty acids contained in it, it becomes possible to accelerate metabolic processes, as well as prevent the accumulation of adipose tissue in the body. The weight loss process is also supported by the fiber contained in almond flakes. It is he who is responsible for maintaining the correct bowel movement rhythm, improving intestinal peristalsis and ensuring a long-lasting feeling of fullness after eating a meal. In the light of dietary recommendations, it is enough to eat only 2-3 almonds a day to prevent hunger pangs and the urge to snack between meals.
Almond flakes are an unparalleled treasury of B vitamins, which, in combination with essential unsaturated fatty acids, maintain the proper condition of the nervous system. Thanks to this, introducing almonds to a balanced diet can contribute to increasing our ability to remember and concentrate. In addition, these seeds are able to increase resistance to stress and contribute to reducing the risk of mood disorders (including depression) in the future. At this point, it is also worth mentioning the rich protein content of this product. Therefore, almonds and the flakes produced from them are considered a valuable part of the diet of athletes, as well as people who give up eating meat on a daily basis. In addition, the nutrients contained in almond seeds may be responsible for supporting the proper functioning of the urinary tract and reducing the risk of developing biliary disease in the future.
Interestingly, almond flakes not only have a great effect on our health and well-being, but also on our appearance. By introducing them to a balanced diet, it becomes possible to strengthen and improve the appearance of our hair and nails. In addition, due to the rich content of vitamin E in the composition of these unusual seeds, the aging process of the skin is delayed and the harmful effects of free radicals are combated. Modern scientific research also focuses on the anti-cancer properties of this product. Therefore, it is worth following the latest reports on the beneficial effects of these tasty seeds on our body.
Almond flakes for heartburn and other digestive ailments
For generations, both almonds and almond flakes have been recognized as valuable methods of alleviating heartburn symptoms. They are responsible for the neutralization of gastric acids, and thus for the elimination of the annoying burning sensation in the esophagus and the feeling of discomfort when swallowing. Moreover, this snack should occupy a permanent place in the menu of future mothers. During pregnancy, almonds are recommended not only because of the rich content of folic acid (necessary for the proper development of the nervous system in a child), but also because of the properties that alleviate the feeling of nausea. Interestingly, almond flakes can help fight the problem of persistent constipation. All this is due to the rich content of fiber in their composition, which is responsible for maintaining the proper rhythm of bowel movements.
Contraindications for eating almond flakes
Although in most cases the consumption of almond flakes has a beneficial effect on our health and well-being, there are some contraindications related to their use. Firstly, due to the rich content of oxalates, frequent consumption of them is not recommended for people who are struggling with problems in the functioning of the kidneys. Secondly, excessive amounts of almonds should not be consumed by people diagnosed with obesity or significant overweight. It's also important to know that almond flakes can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. Therefore, it is recommended to introduce them to your diet gradually. In the event of side effects after their consumption, such as: redness and / or itching of the skin, redness of the conjunctiva, abdominal pain and / or headache, nausea and even vomiting, breathing difficulties - consult an allergist or in case of acute symptoms, go to a hospital emergency department.