Almonds are one of the best portable superfoods to munch on before a workout, as an evening snack or at any time of the day to boost your energy levels. They are enriched with lots of nutrients and antioxidants such as iron, protein, vitamin A & E etc.
There are many different ways to consume almonds, some like to have them sauteed with sugar or salt, some like to chew them raw and some people soak them overnight in water before consuming them. There is a lot of debate available on what is the best way of eating almonds.
Soaked almonds are soft, taste sweeter and are easy to digest. One can notice the soft, silky texture of almonds after removing their skin. According to Ayurveda, the best way to consume almonds is to soak them overnight in water before consumption and eat them in the morning by removing their skin.
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Ayurveda says the skin of almonds is anti-nutrient which can make digestion difficult. Cover of almonds also contains tannins and phytic acid — that inhibit nutrient absorption and can aggravate 'Pitta dosh' in the blood. (Ayurveda states that Pitta controls heat, metabolism and transformation in the mind and body).
Apart from this, there are a bunch of benefits of soaked almonds-
Soaked almonds are also a good source of antioxidants. Vitamin E is present in the almonds works as an antioxidant which is present with free radical damage that helps to reduce inflammation and support healthy ageing.
Soaked almonds have folic acid in them, they also help to reduce birth defects.
It also helps one to extract vitamin B17 which is a vital nutrient to fight cancerous disease.
If one eats soaked almonds by removing its skin every day, it results in protecting heart health by reducing heart health and increasing good cholesterol.
This Winter, soak your almonds to derive the maximum benefits. Almonds are proven to support hair growth, nourish the skin, promote healthy eyesight, control blood sugar levels and help treat anaemia.
Experts suggest eating almonds in combination with milk or morning meals instead of an empty stomach.