March 11, 2019 0 By Stewart

Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds — approximately 1 ounce — contain one-eighth of our daily protein needs.

Almonds may be eaten on their own, raw, or toasted; they are available sliced, flaked, slivered, as flour, oil, butter, or almond milk.

Almonds are, in fact, seeds; they are a “drupe” and are therefore not considered a true nut.

Almond trees are believed to have been one of the earliest trees to have been domesticated. Evidence of domesticated almond trees dating to 3000-2000 BC which have been unearthed in Jordan.

The health benefits of almonds have been documented for centuries, and modern research backs up some of these claims – there any many goods reasons to include them in your diet. Fast facts on almonds

Here are some key points about almonds. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

  • Almonds are not, in fact, a true nut.
  • The almond is a species of tree native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East.
  • Wild almonds contain a powerful toxin.
  • Some evidence suggests that almonds can lower cholesterol levels.
  • Almonds were first domesticated thousands of years ago.

Benefits of almonds

There are a number of potential health benefits associated with almonds.

  • Lowers cholesterol levels.
    • A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that consuming almonds increase vitamin E levels, and also lowers cholesterol levels
  • Lower Cancer Risk
    • (A study, published in 2015 in Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, looked at nut consumption )
  • Reduce  heart disease
    • Almonds, along with nuts and seeds in general, are often associated with improved levels of blood lipids and is good for the heart
  • High levels of vitamin E
    • Almonds contain relatively high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant. In fact, they are one of the best natural sources of vitamin E, providing 37 percent of the recommended daily intake in just 1 ounce. 
  • Almonds may help keep blood sugar under control
    • There is some evidence that almonds may help keep blood sugar under control. This ability is thought to be due to their high levels of magnesium
  • Help manage weight
    • Because almonds are lower in carbohydrates and high in protein and fiber, they can help people feel fuller for longer; this has the potential to reduce the number of calories taken in overall.