- Packed with protein, almonds are 13 percent protein.
- One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fiber and protein.
- Almonds are filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron, and also B vitamins.
- A one-ounce serving of almonds contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a serving of broccoli.
- Almonds are one of the best whole food sources of vitamin E, with about one third of the daily value per ounce.
- Heart-healthy with monounsaturated fat, almonds are also cholesterol-free.
- One-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, of which 11 grams are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
- 20-25 almonds contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk.
Almonds are thought to have originated in western Asia and North Africa. They have been written about in many historical texts, including the Bible.
The almond tree is one of the earliest domesticated tree nuts, because wild almonds produce cyanide; even eating a few dozen at one time can be fatal.
How to Store:
Keep them in an airtight container so the oil does not go rancid. Almonds keep best in a dark, cool environment such as your refrigerator, where they can stay good for up to two years, according to the Almond Board of California.
If you want them to last up to four years, freeze them in airtight containers.
Make sure all almonds are not pasteurized and not irradiated, as this makes them nutritionally deficient. Read more about this: The Killing Of California Almonds
Wild almond varieties are toxic, domesticated almonds are not.
It is estimated that one to two percent of the population is allergic to tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts), peanuts or both.
Wait until children are at least one year old before feeding them any kind of nuts.
8 Tips for eating or cooking:
Let’s get these tasty almonds into our diet.
1. How to get the nutrition from almonds: Almonds can be difficult to digest and may stress your pancreas. Like all nuts they contain phytate which makes them difficult to digest. To get maximum nutrition it is best to soak them before they are eaten or roast them. Almonds are one of only a few nuts that will actually sprout when soaked. When you soak them it neutralizes the phytate, allowing the nutrients from the nut to be released. Watch a video explaining more about sprouting nuts and seeds here: Sprouting Nuts and Seeds video
2. Almond flour is great in gluten-free cooking and baking.
3. Almond Milk with its mild flavor and light color is a very good alternative for those that need to be dairy free, soy free or vegan.
4. Green almonds are dipped in sea salt and eaten as snacks on Iran street markets.
5. Eat almonds with the skin, as it contains more than 20 antioxidant flavanoids.
6. Almond oil is good for cooking at high temperatures; it has a high smoke point.
7. Use on the skin and in hair: It’s so gentle and moisturizing that it is great for baby massage.
8. Eat your almonds in this delicious Nutritious Nut Loaf.