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Almond, Amygdalus communis / Rosaceae
Benefits for the health
Almonds are rich in unsaturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids help to reduce the levels of cholesterol in blood.

Like other dry fruit, almonds have many proteins. In addition, they provide fiber, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, folic acid, plant sterols, and other phytochemical compounds that can provide positive effects to reduce cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Popular tradition
Almonds, which are delicious as snacks, provide a lot of energy and fortify the body. For that reason, they are not recommended for people with weight problems; nevertheless, diabetic people can eat them. They are recommended to pregnant women, since they increase the production of milk.

Vitamin E can have positive effects in preventing heart diseases. The almonds" fibre content make them suitable to fight constipation.

Almonds are not easily digested, so they are not recommended for people with delicate stomach, since they may cause bad digestion. They are not recommended to people who are allergic to ‘aspirins’, since almonds contain salicylates (a component very similar to this drug).

The almonds milk is recommended in case of digestive allergies and convalescences.

Bitter almonds, and sweet almonds when unripe, contain a substance called amygdalin, that results in the hydrocyanic acid, a toxic element with antithyroid action.However, its risk of toxicity is low and disappears with heat treatment. Nevertheless, it is better to reduce the consumption of this type of almonds.
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