Benefits of Acorns
Acorns have other nutritional value besides just controlling blood sugar. The nut is also very rich in complex carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins while also containing less fat than most other nuts currently available. Not only can they fill someone up, they are also a good source of fiber. This makes acorns an overall good snack for anyone looking for a quick, nutritionally healthy snack.
Acorns also provide an opportunity for cardiovascular activity as well. Because the acorn must be harvested from the trees from which they fall, one must go on some type of walk in order to gather the nuts. This provides an opportunity to “hunt and gather”, as the phrase was coined years ago, while at the same time enjoy the outdoors and get some good exercise.
The acorn is not only a nutritious snack with numerous health benefits. Whether the individual is looking for a nut with low sugar content and high fiber, or a quick snack that is completely filling, the acorn is a good choice.
One ounce of dried acorns provides 2 percent of your total daily calcium and iron intake. Acorns are also a good source of folate, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. They are naturally low in sodium, provide small amounts of protein and do not contain cholesterol.
Acorns are quite nutritious. For example, the nutritional breakdown of acorns from the Q. alba, — the white oak — is 50.4% carbohydrates, 34.7% water, 4.7% fat, 4.4.% protein, 4.2% fiber, 1.6% ash.
Additional benefits include:
Helping control blood sugar levels.
High in complex carbohydrates
Lower in fat compared to other nuts
Rich in vitamins B12, B6, folate riboflavin, thiamine and niacin
Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, copper and zinc
Good source of fiber and protein
Save and refrigerate the brown tannin water from the first boil for various medicinal applications.
Soothe skin rashes, burns, and small cuts
Antiviral and antiseptic properties
Use externally to help treat hemorrhoids (Natural Astringent)
Soothes and heals blisters and helps reduce itching
Brown water ice cubes helps to soothe inflamed tissues
Use as a gargle to soothe your sore throat
Mild tisanes can help with diarrhea "Consult a physician before taking internally "
When combined with a mordant, it can be used as a dye
It can also be used as a laundry detergent. The antiseptic properties act as chemical cleaning agents.
With the many health and medicinal benefits in this little nut born from "The Mighty Oak Tree", can you imagine what health and medicinal benefits the tree has.
Acorns served an important role in early human history and were a source of food for many cultures around the world. For instance, the Ancient Greek lower classes and the Japanese (during the Jōmon period) would eat acorns, especially in times of famine. In ancient Iberia they were a staple food.. Despite this history, acorns rarely form a large part of modern diets and are not currently cultivated on scales approaching that of many other nuts. However, if properly prepared (by selecting high-quality specimens and leaching out the bitter tannins in water), acorn meal can be used in some recipes calling for grain flours. Varieties of oak differ in the amount of tannin in their acorns. Varieties preferred by American Indians such as Quercus kelloggii (California black oak) may be easier to prepare or more palatable.
In Korea, an edible jelly named dotorimuk is made from acorns, and dotori guksu are Korean noodles made from acorn flour or starch. In the 17th century, a juice extracted from acorns was administered to habitual drunkards to cure them of their condition or else to give them the strength to resist another bout of drinking
Acorns have frequently been used as a coffee substitute, particularly when coffee was unavailable or rationed. The Confederates in the American Civil War and Germans during World War II (when it was called Ersatz coffee), which were cut off from coffee supplies by Union and Allied blockades respectively, are particularly notable past instances of this use of acorns.
Quercus Alba, the mighty White Oak Tree,
can reach heights from 80 to 100 Feet and can produce up to 2,500 acorns or more.
Diagram of the anatomy of an acorn
A.) Cupule B.) Pericarp (fruit wall) C.) Seed coat (testa) D.) Cotyledons (2) E.) Plumule F.) Radicle G.) Remains of style. Together D., E., and F. make up the embryome.
Basic Nutrition Facts for Acorns
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