Almonds are rich in protein of plant origin and natural fiber. They contain mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, the so-called “good” fats with heart-protecting and lipid profile improvement properties – especially when consumed to replace saturated fatty acids. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells against oxidative stress (linked to the risk for chronic diseases). They are rich in magnesium, contain significant amounts of B complex vitamins, minerals and trace elements, such as calcium, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and zinc.
By choosing a bag of raw almonds for snack, you’ll be making a smart dietary choice that will yield multiple health related benefits. Because their saturated fat level is the lowest among all nut varieties, you can enjoy almonds raw, in a guilt-free manner, as a snack, a recipe ingredient or as a garnish for salads and deserts. They are the only alkaline-forming nut and they contain more vitamin E than any other nut.
Almonds are the seed from fruit grown on an almond tree. They’re an excellent source of antioxidant flavonoids and are beneficial for heart and bone health and weight management.
Raw almonds have a high potassium and low sodium content that helps in maintaining an acceptable blood pressure. They contain high monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. These factors make them a heart-healthy food. This tasty nut can be a viable part of a weight management plan, the management of type 2 diabetes and beneficial to digestive health. It’s an ideal snack choice for anyone who is at risk of developing osteoporosis. The alkaline-forming quality of this nut enables them to work as a preventative for osteoporosis. They’re a good source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that helps build strong bones.