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Soaked Almonds or Raw Almonds – Which is better for your Child?

When it comes to our kid’s diet, we moms are always wondering whether our kids are receiving adequate nutrition and we are always wondering what new recipe to try. One thing that we must include in their diet every day is Almonds- which is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Value of Almonds
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, Fiber, proteins and omega 3 fatty acids. They are also rich in manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.  A handful of almonds consumed regularly will provide a host of nutritional benefits for your child. Please note almonds should be eaten only within limits like two to three in a day. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor before including them in your baby’s diet as it can cause allergy to some.
Raw Almonds vs Soaked Almonds
If you are given a choice between soaked and raw almonds, what will you go for? Which is the healthier option? The answer is soaked almonds. But Why?
  • The brown peel of almonds contains tannin which inhibits nutrient absorption.
  • Once you soak almonds the peel comes off easily and allows the nut to release all nutrients
Benefits of Soaked Almonds for Kids
  • Helps in Digestion: Soaking helps in releasing lipase, an enzyme which is beneficial for digestion of fats.
  • Healthy and strong bones: Almonds are rich in phosphorus, it can help your child attain strong bones and teeth. Almonds also have medicinal properties to protect children from osteoporosis in future.
  • Boosts immunity: The alkali content present in almonds helps in increasing your child’s immunity. Vitamin E present in Almonds acts as an antioxidant which inhibits free radical damage that prevents aging and inflammation.
  • Boosts brain development: Almonds contain Riboflavin and L- Carnitine which helps in promoting brain development in kids. They are also known to be good for the nervous system and is quite effective in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Energy Booster: Almonds are rich in copper, manganese and riboflavin which act as an excellent energy booster for your children and also helps to maintain metabolism rate.
  • Rich in fiber: Almonds are rich in fiber which helps to prevent constipation in children.
  • Helps in concentration and memory: Almonds have been found to be good in increasing memory and concentration in kids.
  • Controls blood pressure levels: Almonds are also rich in potassium and sodium, which helps to regulate blood pressure in children. It also helps in keeping the heart healthy by reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.

Apart from the above benefits, almonds are also very good for skin and have anti-inflammatory properties. Soak a handful of almonds in half a cup of water for 8 hours and then peel the skin and give it to your child, but consume them in moderation.

 

 

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