Throughout history, almonds have been enjoyed not only for their delicate flavor and delectable crunch, but also for their legendary nutritional benefits. There’s a lot of goodness packed inside a small handful of almonds. You may be surprised by just how much.
The American Heart Association® has certified almonds with its familiar Heart-Check* mark, signifying that they are a heart-healthy food as part of an overall sensible eating plan. As a trusted icon appearing on packaged foods, consumers can now easily identify almonds as a heart-smart food and take the guesswork out of shopping. California almonds are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, making them an excellent option for smarter meals and snacks. Research is also now showing that almonds may help maintain a healthy heart. In 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a health claim recognizing that California almonds can help decrease the risk of heart disease.
Ounce for ounce, California almonds are one of the most nutrient-rich tree nuts on earth**, and just a small handful a day is a great way to ensure that you’re getting more of the good things you want and your body needs.
California almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and provide a good supply of fiber, copper, phosphorous, and riboflavin. Plus, a one-ounce serving has 13 grams of good unsaturated fats, just 1 gram of saturated fat, and is always cholesterol-free. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin, and niacin**. Talk about a petite package packing a powerful punch!
California almonds are one of the leading food sources for alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, an important antioxidant that can help neutralize free radicals**.
*Please note that the Heart-Check food certification does not apply to scientific research by an organization other than the American Heart Association®, and/or links to other information unless expressly stated. For more information, see the American Heart Association® nutrition guidelines at heartcheckmark.org/guidelines.
**Source: Almond Board of California