Nuts & Seeds

Organic Whole Raw Italian Sweet Almond

Organic Whole Raw Italian Sweet Almond
Almonds (Prunus dulcis) have long been recognized as a source of essential nutrients. Nowadays, they are in demand as a healthy food with increasing popularity. This nut possesses many essential nutrients, such as fatty acids, lipids, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and secondary metabolites. It is now scientifically established that regular consumption of raw almonds, approximately 30 grams daily, equivalent to about 25 almonds, has been associated with numerous therapeutic and protective health benefits. It is beneficial for conditions like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. It leads to reduced waist circumference, improved metabolic profiles, and has potential prebiotic effects. In particular, the almonds we process retain all their valuable characteristics as they have been treated delicately at every stage: from their growth in the fields of the local Sicilian producer, where they have grown naturally and organically, with rainwater and green manure fertilization; from their sun drying and storage in shells; to their integrity with the skin and without roasting.

Why Raw Almonds Are Beneficial

Raw almonds are nuts known for their health benefits and recognized as a good source of protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamin E, riboflavin, and essential minerals (manganese, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus). Daily consumption is recommended as part of a healthy diet. Almonds contain lipids (about 50%), proteins (about 25%), and carbohydrates (about 20%). They have low moisture content and various minor bioactive compounds. The beneficial effects of consuming raw almonds are associated with their macro and micronutrient composition. Among the compounds with health-promoting properties, the lipid profile is predominantly monounsaturated fatty acids (60%), followed by polyunsaturated fatty acids (30%), fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytosterols, and polyphenols. The use of prebiotics to promote the modulation of intestinal microbiota toward a health-promoting profile is gaining attention. The fiber and polyphenol content in almonds could be a substrate for microbial fermentation in the gut, contributing to the regulation of microbiota composition.

Almonds in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, almonds have a strong connection with the Lung functional system and are considered beneficial for (almost) all its issues. The strongest effect of almonds on the Lungs is their moistening effect. To enhance moisture, it is good to combine almonds with other moistening foods, such as honey or sugar. The moistening effect of almonds goes beyond providing substances to increase bodily fluids. Almonds strengthen the body’s ability to regenerate, nourish all its tissues, and produce sufficient Blood and Fluids. In Chinese medicine, this effect of almonds is described as their ability to nourish Yin. In Chinese medicine, almonds are also attributed the ability to dissolve Phlegm (a characteristic of the four humors). Finally, by strengthening the Lungs, almonds tonify their Qi. For this reason, almonds can be used not only against dry and irritating coughs or coughs with thick and fixed sputum but also in cases of weakness of Lung Qi. Indeed, almonds in Chinese medicine are one of the most commonly used foods for asthma or dyspnea. Discover various products with raw, organic, and whole almonds in our store.

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