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8 reasons why eating ‘kacha badam’ can prove to be healthy

Find out about the multiple benefits of green almonds or kacha badam in helping you to stay healthy inside out.
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Green almonds are a great superfood for you! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Radhika Bhirani Updated: 14 Jun 2022, 15:22 pm IST
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If you’re done making reels on the viral song ‘Kacha badam’, try noshing on the real deal while it’s still in season! Yes, it’s that time of the year when green almonds, also known as raw almonds and kacha badam locally, are available at your nearby fruit vendor’s stall.

The benefits of eating soaked almonds every day have already been underlined enough by nutrition experts over the years. But even green almonds aren’t lacking anywhere on its nutrition quotient. From weight loss to better immunity, let’s get to know why kacha badam can be a great addition to your summer diet.

These light green fruits with a soft velvet-textured shell and a nutty flavour, are, as Ranglani says, “almonds… only younger”.

“Green almonds are the immature fruits of the sweet almond tree, harvested while still soft, before the outer shell hardens and the inner kernel fully develops. The typical ‘almond flavour’ of older fruits is not particularly strong in green almonds but the health benefits are many thanks to its rich nutrient profile,” Ranglani adds in her post.

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Raw or mature, almonds are great in all forms! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

What are the health benefits of green almonds?

1. High on fiber

These little wonders are full of fiber, which is great for constipation and gut health. They can be great for digestion and keep tummy tantrums at bay.

2. Cholesterol

According to Ranglani, consuming green almonds can help keep cholesterol under check. These have unsaturated fat and can help lower bad cholesterol.

3. Rich in antioxidants

Green almonds are rich in vitamin E, and are good antioxidants. This helps to flush out toxins from the body.

4. Heart-friendly

Given that green almonds contain flavonoids and boosts the power of antioxidants in the body, it makes it an excellent food to reduce risk of heart complications.

5. Great for skin

As per Ranglani, the benefits of green almonds transcend to beauty as well. “It supports our skin health, making it radiant and supple,” she adds.

6. Hair potion

Adding green almonds to our diet, may also prove extremely beneficial for our hair growth and texture. Its high protein content can work magic for the hair.

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7. Immunity

Haven’t our elders been pestering us since childhood to eat almonds everyday? It’s for a reason. These raw almonds can keep our immunity shining!

8. Calcium rich

Green almonds are also said to be rich in calcium and phosphorus, which support bone health. And who wants to grow up having brittle bones?

We guess these are reasons enough to stock your kitchen with green almonds, and eat some of them at least once every day.

Watch nutritionist Neha Ranglani’s Instagram video on benefits of green almonds:

How to eat green almonds?

Ranglani suggests a wonderful way to consume them!

“Peeling and eating them is a great way to pass your time. Avoid doing (it one) at a time, as it gives you time to know when you are done!”

So ladies, eat green almonds, but eat them in moderation!

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About the Author

Radhika Bhirani is a journalist with close to 15 years of experience in the Indian media industry. After writing extensively on health, lifestyle and entertainment, she leads the English content team at Health Shots. She has a special interest in writing on mental health and wellness. ...Read More

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