Almond fanatics across the world will tell you that the best way to eat almonds is after soaking it, preferably overnight. Once the skin is pliable and slips off, the almonds are soft, easy to chew, and good to go! Almonds soaked overnight are often ground with fresh milk, saffron strands, cardamom, and sugar to make a nutritious almond milk, which is considered an excellent coolant.
- Dry almonds contain an enzyme inhibitor in the skin, which actually protects the nut before germination. This inhibitor, known as tannin, inhibits nutrient absorption too.
- Once soaked, the brown, almost bitter, seed coat or skin comes off. This enables the release of nutrients and also makes the process of eating the nut much easier on the stomach.
- The stomach enzymes can now work freely and maximum absorption of the nutrients will take place.
Ayurvedic practitioners also believe that eating soaked almonds first thing in the morning can help regulate the hydrochloric acid your stomach releases. This keeps your acidity levels in check and aids protein digestion through the day, thus protecting you from heartburn and other gastric symptoms.
The study was conducted by researchers from Penn State University found that consuming almonds weighing at least 50 grams, daily also led to improved levels of low-density lipoproteins and total cholesterol, reductions in waistlines and decreased amounts of leg fat.
In the study, 52 overweight, middle-aged adults who had high total and LDL cholesterol but were otherwise healthy were divided into two groups of which one group was given a daily snack of 50 grams of whole natural almonds, while the other group was given a banana muffin. Both group’s meals were otherwise identical and the two snacks contained the same number of calories. After the initial 6 weeks and a 2 week long recovery period, the groups switched snack types and continued with a second 6-week long diet.