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Health Benefits of Soaking Almonds in Water Before Eating

Updated on July 19, 2017
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

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Table of Contents

About Almonds
Why Is it Better to Soak Almonds in Water Before Consuming?
Uses of Almonds
Nutrients in Almonds
Nutrient Levels in Almonds
Health Benefits of Almonds
Specific Uses Of Almonds in Some Health Conditions
Almond Milk

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime or practice.

This article is for health information purposes only.

About Almonds

  • Almonds are the fruits of the tree, Prunus dulcis.
  • The fruit is composed of an outer fleshy and somewhat juicy. Almonds have a leathery covering, enclosing a hard shell that contains the seed. It is this seed that is called almond which is consumed in a variety of ways.
  • Almonds probably originated in the Western Asia and North Africa. California is the largest producer of almonds.
  • Almonds are both sweet and bitter. Sweet almonds are eaten while the bitter almonds are used to extract oil. They are bitter due to their hydrocyanic acid content. This is, however, removed during the oil manufacturing process.
  • Botanically, it is a drupe and not a true nut.
  • Any kernel or seed that is consumable but is enclosed by a hard covering, is called a nut.

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blossoming almond tree | Source

Why Is it Better to Soak Almonds in Water Before Consuming?

  • Dry almonds contain an enzyme inhibitor in the skin which is basically meant to protect the seed till it gets moisture for germination. Once the almonds are soaked in water this enzyme inhibitor is released.
  • Eating pre-soaked almonds makes them easier to digest and also makes more nutrients available for digestion. In fact, most nuts and seeds are easier to digest and have better nutrient availability when soaked overnight before consumption.
  • Soaking also makes for easier chewing by children or the aged who have difficulty chewing hard foods.
  • A word about sprouting almonds would not be out of context here.
    Almonds can be sprouted to make them healthier for the body. Apart from making it easier to digest, it increases the nutrient density and most importantly, is the only way to release the enzyme lipase which aids in the digestion of fats.

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green immature almonds | Source

Uses of Almonds

  • Almonds can be eaten on their own or added as a garnishing for a variety of dishes. They can be eaten raw, fried, baked, salted, blanched or after soaking in water overnight and removing the skin before consumption. Soaking of almonds increases their nutrient availability and absorption.
  • They are also used in the preparation of desserts, ice creams, cakes, cookies, sweets etc. Almond butter, almond milk, almond flour and almond meal are other very nutritional products produced from them.
  • Almond oil is used ,as a massage oil, hair oil, or a carrier oil, in the pharmaceutical industry & in the production of aromatic oils.

Nutrients in Almonds

Almonds are:

  • A rich source of dietary fiber, B-Complex vitamins, minerals calcium, potassium, manganese, iron ,zinc, magnesium and selenium and phytochemicals.
  • Rich in the mono unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid & palmitoleic acids.
  • Extremely rich in the antioxidant Vitamin E.
  • Free from gluten.

About 20 nuts provide 12% of the daily protein needed and 35% of daily Vitamin E requirements. Also, they contain more magnesium than is available in oats or spinach while the calcium content is comparable to that in a cup of milk.

There are 80 calories in 12 almonds which can be burned by (for a body wight of 150 Lbs):

  • Running for 5 minutes at 8mph.
  • Playing table tennis for 18 minutes.
  • Doing vigorous sit ups for 9 minutes.
  • Dancing for 16 minutes.

Nutritional Value of Almonds per 100 g

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Macros

Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
575 Kcal
29%
Carbohydrates
21.67 g
16%
Protein
21.22 g
38%
Total Fat
49.42 g
165%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
12.20 g
30%

Vitamins

Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Folates
50 mg
12.50%
Niacin
3.385 mg
21%
Pantothenic Acid
0.47 mg
9%
Pyridoxine
0.143 mg
11%
Riboflavin
1.014 mg
78%
Thiamin
0.211 mg
16%
Vitamin A
1 IU
0%
Vitamin C
0 mg
0%
Vitamin E
26 mg
173%

Health Benefits of Almonds

A Brain Food

  • Almonds are considered a brain food as they have many nutrients that help in the development of the brain, especially in young children. They also help in increasing the memory and thus are of prime importance to students.

High Cholesterol Levels

  • The oleic and palmitoleic acids in almonds increase the HDL cholesterol and reduce the LDL cholesterol.

Benefits the Heart

  • The magnesium, potassium, Vit E and monounsaturated fat content is good for preventing many heart diseases. They also reduce the levels of artery-damaging homocysteine.

Good for Skin

  • Newborn and infants are advised almond oil massage.

Maintains Blood Pressure

  • The low sodium and high potassium content helps in maintaining normal blood pressure levels.

Boon for Pregnant Women

  • The folic acid content reduces the chances of birth defects in newborns.

Aids in Reducing Weight

  • The monounsaturated fats are quite filling and keep the hunger pangs at bay thus reducing the chances for overeating. Hence almonds are good for those who wish to control their weight. A low-calorie diet taken along with helps much.

Helps Diabetics

  • Consumption of almonds helps to reduce the spike in sugar levels usually encountered after meals. Almonds help by lowering the GI index of the meal, hence, it is better to consume almonds in some form or the other with meals.

Boosting Energy Levels

  • Due to their riboflavin, manganese and copper content, almonds raise energy levels.

Benefits of High Vitamin E Levels

  • Damage to skin and mucous membranes by free radicals is prevented by the high content of this vitamin which scavenges them.

Cancer Prevention

  • The low levels of saturated fats, high levels of vitamin E and the wide variety of phytochemicals help in reducing the risk of cancer.

Prevention of Gall Bladder Stones

  • Studies have shown that consumption of 1 ounce of almond or 2 tbsps of almond butter every day reduced the risk of developing these stones.

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homemade almond milk | Source

Almond Milk

People with lactose intolerance can safely consume almond milk. Though it is a good substitute for cow's milk most commercially made almond milk contains a very low percentage of almonds. Hence it is better to make it at home. The recipe for making it is given alongside.

There are several benefits of almond milk over dairy milk.

  • It is lactose and gluten free.
  • It is extremely low in cholesterol as compared to cow's milk and higher in protein.
  • A cup provides only 60 calories. No saturated or trans fats. 40% of the calories come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  • One cup provides just 8 gms of carbohydrates of which 7 gms are from low glycemic sugar.
  • Very low in sodium just 5 mg per cup and high in potassium - 150 mg per cup.
  • Rich in calcium and vitamin D. One cup provides 30% of daily requirement of calcium and 25% of the Vitamin D requirement. These make for healthy bones.
  • One glass provides 50% of the daily Vitamin E needed. This renders good antioxidant protection and skin health.

Almond Milk Recipe

Ingredients

  • 125 gms Almonds, soaked overnight.
  • 3 cups (700 ml ) cold water.
  • Flavor of your preference - optional.
  • Sweetener - optional.

Method

  1. Remove the skins from the almonds.
  2. In a high speed blender, add the almonds and 3 cups of water. Blend for 60 - 90 seconds going from low to high speed.
    You might want to add a little water first and puree the almonds before adding the entire water.
  3. If you prefer add sweetener and preferred flavor and blend in for a few seconds.
  4. Refrigerate the prepared almond milk if not used immediately. It will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.
  5. Unstrained milk has a thicker consistency. If you want a thinner milk, you can strain it before refrigerating.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Alomonds to be always eaten after removing skin. Soak the almonds in water overnight & in the morning remove the skins and eat it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Prashant remove skins before eating almonds.

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      Prashant 2 months ago

      How can eat almonds with skin or with out skin.......

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      Trishita 9 months ago

      Thanks for such a helpful article to make better our daily life nowadays.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 11 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      azimkhan, you can soak them in milk but why not water? You can certainly have them with the skin.

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      azimkhan98 11 months ago

      If without removal of Almonds skin soaking in milk and using in the morning breakfast, any problem will be?

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      keva from Mauritius 21 months ago

      I really appreciate, it's really useful specially for kids. Thanks

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      SAJID 2 years ago

      WHAT ABOUT THAT SOAKED WATER.. CAN WE DRINK THAT WATER?

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      Manish 3 years ago

      Its really useful to us bcoz it give complete discription about almond with their photos

      Thanks

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      yo 3 years ago

      what is candy sugar???

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thanks for all the info. I always wondered how they peel almonds. It looks so simple. The videos were great. I just wish I could figure out how do them without all the sugar.

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      Raja Reddy 3 years ago

      Thanks for your valuable information. I follow your advice.

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      manju 3 years ago

      I love almonds. After these advises i will use for my children

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      Walter 3 years ago

      Thank you for your quick reply.

      I will follow your advice.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Yes, Walter they are high in oxalates and if you have a history of calcium oxalate stones then you'd better avoid almonds totally.

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      Walter 3 years ago

      Isn't almonds high in Oxalates?

      I produce Calcium mono, and dihydrate, oxalate stones and have been told by my Urologist to avoid all Almonds.

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      dipti 3 years ago

      Thanks for such an informative article friend.This is really easy to read and helpful.

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      Eloise 3 years ago

      Hello, thank you for the fantastic information.

      Do you know much about almonds and thyroid problems?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      bin, why do you need to put almonds in green tea when you can benefit more by eating them separately?

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      bin 3 years ago

      thanks for useful aticle..can i put almonds in green tea

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      Renu 3 years ago

      Great information. Very fond of almonds so the article helped a lot .

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for visiting, jayman.

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      jayman732819 4 years ago

      Awesome article, i love almonds and you gave me some more ideas , thank you for sharing this

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Patricia. It is always a pleasure to see you around. Glad you found it informative.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Patricia. It is always a pleasure to see you around. Glad you found it informative.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Almonds have been a fav of mine for many years and I knew of some of the health benefits but had no idea they are as healthful as they have shared. I also did not know they could be used to help remove dark spots from the skin.

      Reading this has filled in many of the gaps in my knowledge.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up+++

      Sending Angels your way this afternoon. :) ps

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That is good to hear Kalmiya. Wish you the best and thanks for stopping by.

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      Kalmiya 4 years ago from North America

      Thanks for your hub on the many uses of almonds! I think they're a great protein substitute and am learning to make home made almond butter and almond milk. We are planning on becoming more vegan and almonds are definitely part of that!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Shadaan,

      Well glad to know you found the pictures interesting as well. Thanks for coming to read and comment.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      excellent hub, really it made such an interesting read, and well to be honest i was more delighted by the images you have used in the hub i have never seen almond flowers before. wow!! and yeah all the nutritional benefits are too good, good writeup, voted up

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Riviera, thanks for sharing this bit of info and also for visiting the hub and commenting.Thanks.

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      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      How fascinating - I learnt from friends in the Middle East about serving fresh almonds in a bowl of ice-cubes, so that the ice melts around them. I've always enjoyed eating them that way, but had no idea of the health benefits. A wonderful, informative hub, thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Absolutely Paula, I do believe you will benefit by using almond oil. I hope you found the hub worth referring back to. Almond oil massage is recommended for newborn and infants being very beneficial for the skin.

      Thanks.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Rajan.....I purposely scanned your collection of work, to find one written on "almonds." I purchased a bottle of pure almond oil, after reading from a reliable source that it is beneficial, for dry, winter skin.

      Almonds are definitely one of my 3 favorite nuts, for eating (snacking), alone or within recipes.....the other 2 are walnuts and pecans.

      I'm hoping I will see improvement of my dry skin issue, by using the almond oil nightly.......UP+++

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Michael, in India, we also have the brittle made with split peanuts, ground peanuts, roasted gram and the like. And all of them taste wonderful.

      Thanks for sparing the time to read and vote.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub Rajan,

      My favorite is the almond brittle.

      I used to eat lots of almonds for health as I knew some of this information. For some reason I have stopped?

      I will get some in future and try some of these recipes.

      A very well written, detailed and well researched hub. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and sharing 4/5 buttons.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      CloudExplorer glad you liked the write up. Thanks for reading and supporting with your comments and votes.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This was the most informative source of almonds I have ever seen before, wow Rajan, you are such an in depth writer indeed, and you never fail to get the info in your hubs to be displayed with such thorough details and accuracy.

      I personally love eating raw organic almonds myself, thanks for such an intense resource here, I also like many of your heath tips here as well I just don't work well with the candy sugars, great job! Voted up and out.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ruchira, thanks for reading and leaving your feedback. I appreciate the vote and share.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow...i realize I am always amazed by your interesting hubs.

      I had no clue that almond paste helps in blemishes.

      I usually consume 5 almonds each morning (soaked in water o/n) A habit introduced by my parents and carrying it fwd...

      almond milk is still the best and love it.

      voted up and sharing it across.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kelley, thanks a lot for all the kind words, the vote and the share. Your comments are truly appreciated. Take care, my friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Melovy, so glad to see you. Well you have been soaking and sprouting almonds and having them so I guess you know a lot about them. Happy to know that the entire family is fond of these healthy nuts.

      I appreciate your stopping by and sharing your views.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      You’ve so much information here, some I knew and some that’s new to me! I love almonds and I loved them soaked and sprouted and haven’t done that for a while, so this hub was a great reminder. I now have some soaking for tomorrow. My children love them that way too.

      Thanks for the hub.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      You have written a fantastic hub on the benefits of almonds! Voted up and SHARED. Take care, Kelley

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Vellur, thanks for your visit and comments.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome - delicious and healthy. Two in one - too good!!Am off to eat almonds. Great hub. Lots of useful information. Videos - deliciously mouth watering. Voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ dinkan - thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

      @ tammy - Nice to see you. Glad to read that almonds are a part of your daily food. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I eat almonds every day! I was glad to learn of all their health benefits. It is one of those things I don't feel guilty snacking on. Great hub!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Great informative hub here Rajan jolly. Thanks for all the great info and recipes. Enjoyed the videos. Voted up and interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Emilybee, all nuts are healthy so you are on the right track. It is heartening to note that you liked the videos as well. Thanks for the comments.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Great information. I've been trying out various nuts for health benefits, walnuts, peanuts and now I'm off to grab some almonds :) Great videos for almond recipes, too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      sandra, I'm happy you decided to soak them as they will be easier on digestion and healthier. Glad to see you again. Thanks for everything.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      MelChi, almonds are amazingly healthy nuts. I'm glad you found this informational and I appreciate your feedback.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mary, thanks for coming back Mary and the sharing. I think I'm fine as long as I know that the hub satisfies me and my readers- most of them that is. Thanks for your views on this aspect too.

      You too have a good day and appreciate your reread.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Wonderful hub. I am such a fan of almonds. I must remember to soak them, though. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is an amazing hub, I love almonds - and didn't realise there were so many health benefits to eating them.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, I came back to read this Hub again. If we still had bookmarks, this would have gone into a folder. I am sharing this with my Facebook friends and followers. If I could vote, I'd vote this Hub for Hub of the day. You commented on the length of your Hub. You cover a lot of informtion, and I think that is very important to do. Have a wonderful day.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ eye say - Thanks for your visit and sharing the hub. Much appreciated.

      @ Ruchika - Yes, I have given a deep hard thought to this point many times. Frankly, when I search for any information many times I find that I would have wanted to know more from the writer of that article. It sort of left me wanting to know more. This is one reason I try to incorporate a lot of info in my hub. I ask myself what all I would be looking for generally in an article.

      I agree it does become lengthy but when I check the view duration in the stats for the hub(and I do it all the time for my hubs), I see 5 stars which indicate that readers spend time reading the entire hub.

      Of course I should be thankful to you for sharing your view and I appreciate your interest. Just a thought, a shorter hub will help me in publishing more hubs in the same time.

      This is something I would like to think over. In the meantime, I would also be putting this question in the forums to have views of other hubbers as well.

      You write really well but I see that you have written only a few hubs! Do write more and share your knowledge. Health topics and healthy foods is my main area of interest and I would be reading your other hubs as well.

      I'm so glad you read the hub and left your observations. Thank you so much.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Eric - Well, I do believe they should be soaked a night prior to use. I'll certainly be interested to know if this helps in your mouth sores. A feedback will be much appreciated.

      Just one major differentiation between a nut & a drupe - A nut has its seed fused to the shell while a drupe has the endocarp which encloses a seed that can be taken out as it is not fused with the hard shell. In both cases, it is the ovary wall that has become hard and forms the shell.

      I certainly appreciate the time you spared to read and comment and leave your feedback as well.

      Thank you.

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      ruchika singh 5 years ago

      Interesting information. You've done a great job. However, it's always better to split such information in 2-3 hubs as viewers may not spend so much time reading a single hub. It's just a suggestion considering your hard work to compile such a voluminous and useful information.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      great hub it's gotta be shared!

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      Eric Calderwood 5 years ago from USA

      Lots of information here! I love almonds. I always thought they were a nut, but now I know better. I had heard that they could help with headaches, but you have provided a long list of other health benefits as well. I'll have to try soaking them. When I eat too many at one time I get sores in my mouth. Perhaps soaking them will take away whatever is causing the sores.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Aurelio, glad you like almonds as well. Now that you are aware of the many health benefits you must be glad you love them.

      Thanks for being appreciative of the write up and voting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Rahul maybe you could try using a different brand of almond oil and see its effect. Probably this is the only way to check if almond oil or the brand is causing hair fall! I would love to receive feedback in case you try it.

      I appreciate your interest.

      Thanks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kelly, I love almonds in any form. Glad you too love them. You are a big supporter of my health hubs. Your comments are always appreciated.

      Thanks for all the votes. Your visit is always looked forward to.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      One of my favorite nuts and I don't mind eating them raw or roasted. I didn't realize it had all these beneficial properties. I just like the taste. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I tried the Bajaj Almond oil... one which comes in the ads..??

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Rahul, I've never heard of almond oil application leading to hairfall. In fact, it is used to arrest hair loss and promote growth. I found no reference to this anywhere.

      I can just make a guess - maybe you experienced some allergy to the brand of almond oil you used! did you try some other brand of almond oil?

      I appreciate your feedback and thanks for your visit and votes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mary - I'm happy you liked the hub. Almonds have been used in Indian homes as a useful home remedy as well, in many health conditions. I appreciate your stopping by.

      It's always a pleasure to see you here and your comments and votes are much appreciated.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Jen - I'm sure soaking almonds prior to consuming them will be easier to digest. This is the way almonds have been used in Ayurvedic treatment. Blanching does the same in a little measure. I would certainly like your feedback on this.

      Thanks for giving the hub a read and sharing your views.

      Much appreciated.

      @ Harsha - I'm happy to note that you found some extra info from the hub. Personally we as children would be given soaked almonds with milk everyday when we were in school, to enhance our memory.

      Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. Do let me know how you like the sprouted ones!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautiful! I love your hub articles! You always have great info - and you seem to like many of the foods I do. I love almonds! I eat them in lots of salads, green beans almondine, raw, salted, in cookies, ice cream and cake! Yum! Up and everything!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Well I am fond of almonds Sir! There is one question I would like to put up though!

      Are they really good for hair! At one point of time I used almond oil on my hair regularly and they started to fall in a horrific manner... When I stopped using the oil... the hairfall stopped... Did the oil not suit me personally or this is a general case?

      Reagarding the eating scenario... roasted soaked in milk ... in caramel in chocolate.... I love almonds

      Great Hub Sir .... as always :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I love almonds! I never saw almonds in bloom, how beautiful. I was amazed at the medicinal purposes of this nut, although a couple of the conditions I've never heard of. Very interesting Hub, and well rewsearched and well written. I voted it UP, etc.etc.

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      Harsha Vardhana R 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Thank you, Rajan for the useful info for health improvement.

      Though I knew that almond is good protein source, the info that it is a great brain food is new to me.

      Also the soaking effect - most people know it just to add more taste and make digestion easier. It is great to know that some benefits are enhanced too.

      I have never seen an almond sprout! Soon I would have it too!

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting hub - thanks for putting this together. I am a big fan of almonds. My husband is too, but has IBS which means they can be hard for him to digest so we buy blanched ones for him. I was interested in the idea of soaking them - it sounds similar to blanching them, we'll give it a try!

      Jen

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Bill. Nice to learn you are also fond of almonds. It is indeed amongst the most loved nuts. I appreciate your sparing time to read and comment. Thanks for stopping by and your nice comments.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the read Jaswinder. I appreciate the vote and thanks for liking the hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was not only well-written but beautifully documented. I appreciate the information and I'm so happy that I like almonds. Now I know how healthy I am becoming while I enjoy one of my favorite snacks. :)

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      All pictures are so beautiful and great information on Almonds. Good article. Voted up!