The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.
Despite being high in fat, they are highly nutritious and extremely healthy.
1. Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients
The almond is the edible seed that grows on the tree Prunus dulcis, more commonly called the almond tree. Almonds are native to the Middle East, but the United States is now the world’s largest producer.The almonds we buy at the store have usually had the shell removed, revealing the edible nut inside.They are sold either raw (often referred to as “natural”) or roasted.
Almonds boast an incredibly impressive nutrient profile.
A 1 ounce (28 grams, or small handful) serving of almonds contains :
- Fiber: 3.5 grams.
- Protein: 6 grams.
- Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated).
- Vitamin E: 37% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 20% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
2. Almonds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer .
The powerful antioxidants in almonds are largely concentrated in the brown layer of the skin .For this reason, blanched almonds (skin removed) are not the best choice from a health perspective.