October 4, 2017
Almonds vs Sweet and Bitter Almonds
A lot of people like almond tea as it has healing effects to nourish and whiten the skin, but did you know what type of almond is used to make it? Some people say sweet and bitter almonds have toxins, but what are the differences between the two and are the same as regular almonds? Sweet and bitter almonds are actually also seeded from almonds and their Chinese name of north and south come from where they are grown. Sweet and bitter almonds need to be processed first before consumptions. Regular almonds are seeded from Baadaam, which is actually different from sweet and bitter almonds. Regular almonds naturally don’t contain any toxins and can moisten the bowels to relieve constipation.
Sweet almonds- produced in the south and usually used in almond tea. They look larger than bitter almonds. They are mild in nature and can moisten the lungs and bowels, and relieve constipation. They are especially suitable for those with weak lung qi. They are not suitable for those recovering from a cold or flu, or those prone to diarrhea.
Bitter almonds- produced in the north and mainly used medicinally. They taste bitter and naturally contains small amounts of toxins. They can relieve phlegm, cough and wheezing as well as moisten the bowels. They are effective to treat external cough and helps to relieve constipation as well. Due to the toxins, do not eat them raw or unprocessed.
Almonds- also known as baadaam, and they are much larger than sweet and bitter almonds. They are mild in nature, and can moisten the lungs and bowels. Typically almonds are eaten as snacks or used as a cooking ingredient.