Differences and Similarities between Sweet Almonds and Bitter Almonds

Almonds are the edible fruit of the almond tree. It is a plant about 10 m tall and it belongs to the Rosaceae family. Almonds belong to the group of oil seeds called “dried fruit”.

First let’s say that there are sweet almonds and bitter almonds. They are similar in appearance, with light pulp and brown compressed oval-shaped skin.

Most almonds are sweet but there are some bitter ones that are considered toxic because they contain amygdalin, a substance similar to cyanide.

The more amygdalin is present, the more bitter the almond will be. Nevertheless, in small quantities, they are used as a flavoring for desserts. They are also used for cosmetics and liquor production.

Sweet Almonds' Composition

Sweet almonds are rich in triglycerides, they are easily digestible but they are very caloric: about 15 calories each!
They are a source rich of “good” fats, mostly Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Almonds are particularly suitable for those who need a lot of energy such as athletes, students, menopausal or pregnant women …

They are rich in vitamins including:

  • vitamin PP
  • vitamin B2
  • vitamin B1
  • vitamin E

in mineral salts including:

  • zinc
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • calcium

There are also fibers, the latter mostly present in the peel.

Benefits of Almonds in Nutrition

Thanks to their composition, almonds have an anti-inflammatory action, help maintaining cholesterol’s levels acceptable and this prevents the formation of atherosclerotic plaques that could cause strokes and heart attacks; consequently almonds represent an opportunity to keep the heart healthy.

These small oil seeds help balance the intestinal flora, relieve gastric disorders, reduce constipation, and are also useful for relieving cramps and menstrual pain.

In addition to this, almonds contain a large amount of polyphenols within the fibrous peel which perform an antioxidant action.

The presence of zinc and iron benefits hair and nails, furthermore zinc plays an important role in the metabolism of thyroid hormone and in the processes of bone and muscle formation and iron fights anemia and promotes the production of hemoglobin and Red blood cells.

The calcium contained in almonds is also an aid against osteoporosis and therefore useful for maintaining healthy bones and teeth.

Sweet Almond Oil, a precious resource

Sweet almond oil is a clear, odorless fluid. It is obtained from the cold pressing of almonds. Its use in the cosmetic field is very frequent because it has beneficial properties for the hair and skin of face and body.

It represents a real resource for our hair and gives them a healthy and nourished appearance. It is in fact used against dryness and weakness, split ends, thinning, fragility and it is a concrete help for the scalp against dandruff, irritation and itching.

Sweet almond oil has emollient, nourishing and soothing properties and it is suitable for all skin types, also suitable for the most delicate skin such as children’ or dry and reddened skin. For its benefits it is used alone or to enrich creams and compresses against dermatitis, stretch marks, itching and skin aging.

It can be used to replace more aggressive substances to eliminate skin impurities without altering its natural balance.

It is widely used and appreciated as a body oil, alone or in combination with other active ingredients, to become perfect for massages, to moisturize and to prevent stretch marks.

Also in this case, nature makes available a real wealth for our health and for our appearance!

The information given is not medical advice. The contents are for illustrative purposes only and do not replace medical advice

The information given is not medical advice. The contents are for illustrative purposes only and do not replace medical advice

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