Start Your Day With Soaked Almonds; 6 Reasons To Know Why
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Ancient wisdom – especially simple kitchen hacks – have always been the foundational structure for overall health and well-being in Indian homes. From consuming a glass of turmeric-infused milk at bedtime to eating soaked almonds, easy-to-follow health hacks have been an intrinsic aspect of practicing the ‘food as medicine’ philosophy. While eating dry fruits are one part of nourishing through diet, a lifestyle practice of consuming a handful of soaked almonds each morning has proven to be particularly beneficial.

Not only does soaking almonds help break down enzyme inhibitors and phytic acids present in the almond skin – which could cause digestive issues, the simple process can make almonds easier to digest by softening them. In addition to this, consuming soaked almonds also increases the bio-availability of minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium and calcium, allowing your body to absorb them more efficiently. As per studies conducted in Ayurveda, soaked almonds are also excellent in combating gaseous discomfort or vata, while also providing the body with energy.

Being a rich source of healthy fats and fibre, starting your day with soaked almonds can help prevent crash in energy levels, allowing individuals to maintain focus during active waking hours. Due to being high in monounsaturated fats, soaked almonds are also beneficial for heart health, lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, on regular consumption. While popular notion has suggested that eating almonds facilitates brain function, research also suggests that the vitamin E present in almonds protect brain cells from oxidative stress and inflammation, thus improving cognitive function and memory.

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Since the skin on almonds are said to contain phytic acid – which bind to minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc, preventing their absorption; soaking a handful of almonds helps for better absorption of these essential minerals. Soaked almonds also have a softer texture compared to raw almonds, making them easier to chew and digest for individuals with sensitive teeth or those suffering from frequent digestive issues. Despite being a calorie-dense nut, eating 4-5 soaked almonds each morning can aid in weight management, due to the presence of healthy fats that provide a feeling of fullness.