By Mary-Ann Shearer
Go Nuts… Almonds are GREAT!
Almonds are the fruit of the Almond tree. They are in the rose family and related to peaches and apricots. Almonds are the only nuts that are alkaline in the blood stream once eaten. It is very high in alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Almonds contain two to three times as much calcium as cows milk!
All nuts are best eaten raw and unsalted, keeping most of the nutrients remain intact. You can soak them and even sprout them, however their texture changes dramatically. They are only useful for blending after being soaked. If you wish, you can dehydrate them after this. This makes them VERY nutritious. The longer you dehydrate them, the crunchier they will be.
Almonds are high in Protein
They contain between 20 and 25 % protein, which is as much as chicken and fish. The protein in almonds is more usable (it can be and in fact should be eaten raw), unlike chicken and fish, which are best eaten cooked due to parasites and bacteria. The protein in almonds is considered complete as it contains all 8 essential amino acids for children and adults. Babies up to the age of two or three need nine essential amino acids, and this is best obtained from mother’s milk.
Almonds are packed with EFAs
Almonds are also a good source of essential fatty acids, and besides calcium, contain magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, selenium, zinc, B Complex, Vitamin E and in fact most vitamins and minerals. Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients, ideally included in everyone’s diet.
You can make the most delicious and nutritious milks, shakes and dressings with almonds. For more ideas see the recipe section in Perfect Health:The Natural Way and both the Perfect Health Recipe Books 1 & 2.
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