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Almonds are commonly known as the “brain food”, are the oldest and the most widely grown nuts. Almond belongs to the cheery-peach-apricot family. This family of trees bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. This seed of the fruit of the Almond tree is what we call almond nut.
Today, you can buy almonds in various forms: whole, sliced, slivered, or chopped, or as almond flour, milk, paste, or oil. In India, Almonds play a key role in traditional sweets and are also a common gift during the festival of Diwali.
Almonds are available year-round, but are the freshest in mid-summer, at the height of the almond season.
We cannot deny that almond has an impressive nutrient profile. Per 1 ounce, ie 28 grams, Almonds contain:
- calories: 164
- Protein: 6 grams (g)
- Fat: 14 g
- Saturated fat: 1 g
- Monounsaturated fat: 9 g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 6 g
- Fiber: 3.5 g
- Sugars: 1 g
- Vitamin E: 37% of the RDI
- Manganese: 32% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 20% of the RDI
They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorus.
- Almonds contain high fiber and protein. They are 20% protein. If you eat an ounce of almonds a day, you will get about 5.6 grams of protein. They’re also naturally low in sugars and are one of the lowest-calorie nuts.
- Almonds are considered one of the superfoods because they are loaded with valuable nutrients. They are rich in Vitamin E and magnesium and contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
- Almonds have medicinal values as well. According to studies, consuming almonds before meals helps patients of type 2 diabetes maintain their blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
- The fat that they contain is the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety. This type of fat has been proven to improve blood cholesterol levels, hence they help to prevent cardiovascular diseases.