Almonds, and especially almond extract, contain benzaldehyde, which is shown in studies to exert an anti-cancer effect. So use almond extract to flavour drinks and find ways to include almonds in your diet.
Almonds also contain a high level of dietary fibre, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of colon/bowel cancer. They also contain calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, folic acid and vitamin E, which between them, assist your immune system, heart health and encourage the maintenance of healthy eyes, teeth and bones.
In 2006, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating almonds increased levels of cholecystokinin (CCK), which is a hormone that is associated with the satiety that you get from eating fat-rich foods. This means that after eating almonds you feel more satisfied, are less hungry and are less likely to snack. This level of satisfaction was greater in women than men. Further studies conducted by researchers at King’s College in London found that almonds may help to block the absorption of carbohydrates and improve the feeling of satiety in both men and women.
If you combine that with the 2003 study published in the International Journal of Obesity, which showed that adding three handfuls of almonds to a low-calorie diet each day significantly increased the weight loss of the participants in comparison with a low-calorie diet alone, it shows that almonds are a great addition to everybody’s diet.
Almond milk is a beverage made from ground almonds, often used as a substitute for milk. Unlike animal milk, almond milk contains no cholesterol or lactose. As it does not contain any animal products, it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians who abstain from dairy products. Almond milk is much better if you blend it yourself using almonds and water. This avoids the deterioration in nutrition when the manufacturers heat treat it.