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Nagpur City No 1 eNewspaper : Nagpur Today

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Published On : Tue, Apr 23rd, 2019

Experts stress importance of almond in daily diet

Almond Board of California’s Indian unit holds Healthy Cookout session in Nagpur

Nagpur: Regular consumption of almonds is beneficial to the human body. Almonds are rich in various vitamins and proteins and hence good for health, said noted nutritionist Meghana Kumare.

She was speaking at a cookout session organised by Indian unit of Almond Board of California in the city on Tuesday. Noted chef Vishnu Manohar also graced the occasion and shared his thoughts on rich qualities of almonds.

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Kumare said almond contain high value of Vitamin E, proteins, potassium carbohydrates and are rich in fibers. They are also anti-oxidants and regular consumption of almonds keeps one healthy, she said. Almonds contain unsaturated fats and are not harmful for heart, she informed adding, they can be given to the cardiac patients too.

Snacking smart with almonds is a great way to lead a healthy lifestyle. Almonds have been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol when included in a healthy diet and might help in reducing levels of heart-damaging inflammation, Kumare added. “A handful of almonds promotes the feeling of fullness, helping you keep hunger at bay. They are naturally high in dietary fibre and low in sugars,” she informed.

Manohar added, “With all of us becoming health conscious, we are always on the lookout for recipes with a healthy twist. Nuts like almonds are a healthy option, are also traditionally considered festive and hence can be used to prepare various snacks that you can serve during festivals. Almonds are easy and quick to flavour and go with just about any spices.”

To a question by Manohar, Kumare said use of fry almonds should be avoided as they burn its natural properties, besides, oil is not good for health. However, roasted almonds can be taken in the diet, she informed.

Three homemakers of the city Rohini Deshkar, Swati Gupta and Megha Chitare prepared two recipes each with almond as the main ingredient, which were judged by Kumare and Manohar.

Deshkar was adjudged As the winner while Gupta and Chitare emerged first runners up and second runners up respectively.

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