Almonds Nutrition Facts

Almonds Nutrition Facts
The almond tree is native to South Asia and the Middle East, and produces a seed that is called the almond. Although it is commonly referred to as a nut, the almond is the stone-like seed found within the fruit of the almond tree. The almond tree is a deciduous tree that can grow as tall as 33 feet. Although the almond tree is native to Mediterranean climates it is now grown in North America as well. Because the wild, bitter-flavored almond can be fatal due to its cyanide content, only the sweet almond tree is grown for human consumption.
Interesting Almonds Nutrition Facts:
Almonds are high in the healthy fat called monounsaturated fat. This type of fat is beneficial because it reduces the risk of heart disease. The more that nuts/seeds such as almonds are substituted in the diet for saturated fats such as those found in dairy and meat, the higher the reduction in heart disease risk.
When combined with a healthy diet, almonds have been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol significantly, including the dense, small LDL cholesterol which is the most dangerous. This reduction has been shown to occur quickly, in only 2 weeks in some cases.
Almonds contain vitamin E which produces an antioxidant effect in the body, which also contributes to lowering heart disease risk.
Almonds contain magnesium, which improves blood flow, as well as the flow of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to heart attacks and damage to the heart following a heart attack.
Almonds contain potassium, which is essential in the body for maintaining normal heart function and normal blood pressure. The potassium in almonds also helps to protect against atherosclerosis.
Almonds are low on the glycemic index which means they do not cause unhealthy rises in blood sugar.
Almonds have been shown to reduce the rise in blood sugar following a meal.
When combined with a high glycemic index food, almonds can actually lessen the blood sugar rise caused by the high glycemic food.
Almond skin contains high levels of antioxidant flavonoids which provide many health benefits, including increased levels of vitamin E and flavonoids in the body.
Almonds have been shown to be capable of reducing cholesterol in the body just as well as statin drugs.
Regular consumption of almonds can reduce the chances of weight gain when consumed at least twice a week.
Almonds (and nuts and peanuts) can help to prevent gallbladder disease when consumed as a regular part of the diet.
One-quarter cup of almonds contains 132 calories.
Almonds contain phosphorus which helps to build strong teeth and bones.
The L-carnitine and riboflavin in almonds can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. These nutrients also help to boost brain function.
Almonds are alkaline forming in the body. When the body lacks alkalinity it places the person at risk for weight gain, low energy, osteoporosis and weakened immune function.
In 2011, 2 million tonnes of almonds were grown around the world.
Because almond trees must be pollinated, the decrease in honey bees in the United States is affecting the almond supply.

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