If you love making raw food recipes, odds are you have some almonds in your pantry. From raw pie crusts to bliss balls, granolas, and fresh nut milk, almonds are highly versatile within raw food cuisine, and they’re also full of health benefits! Here are our top 8.
1. Acid/Alkaline Balance
While many nuts are acidifying to the body, almonds are one of the few nuts with a more alkaline pH. Much of our modern, westernized diet is acidifying (processed foods, animal products, sugar, etc) which can lead to disease, so the more fresh, alkaline plant foods we can consume the better.
2. Germination Nation
Truly raw almonds (such as the ones sold at RawGuru.com) are easy to soak and germinate, a process which de-activates a compound known as phytic acid, enhancing digestion.
3. A Cleaner Nut
While peanut allergies run rampant in society, less people experience allergies related to almonds. This may have to do with the fact that almonds tend to have less of an issue with mold and fungal contamination.
4. Bone Health
Almonds help build strong bones! Just a handful per day provides a good boost of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and biotin for healthy bones and teeth.
5. Antioxidant Power
Free radicals watch out! Almonds are packed with antioxidants selenium and Vitamin E.
strong>6. The (Not So) Sweet Stuff
Almonds are a great low-sugar choice for diabetics! Almonds contain very little (naturally occuring) sugar, and help balance bloods sugar levels with plenty of plant based protein, healthy fats, and fiber.
7. Heart Health
The heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats within almonds have been proven to help lower bad cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
8. Snack Healthy
They are the perfect, convenient snack! Whether you keeps a baggie of raw almonds in your desk at work, or love grabbing a jar of Dastony almond butter to munch on with fresh fruit, almonds offer a very balanced array of nutrients with no sugar and are great for an afternoon energy pick-me-up.