Snacks & Appetizers
Crunchy and flavorful, Blue Diamond Almonds work well in everything from on-the-go snack.
A handful of almonds (about 23 nuts or one ounce) contains high amounts of protein, fiber, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, calcium and other important minerals, and phytochemicals that may help protect against many common diseases.
Explore the following pages to learn more about the health and nutritional values of almonds.
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese; they are a good source fiber, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the nut highest in protein (6g), fiber, calcium (75mg), vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin (1mg). Talk about good things coming in a small package.
Your body’s metabolism creates something called “free radicals,” which are unstable molecules that can damage cells, lead to disease, and contribute to aging. The particles that corral these free radicals and stop them from harming cells are called antioxidants and they either made by your body or supplied from the foods you eat.
Of the antioxidants your body cannot make, vitamin E is one of the most important because it breaks the destructive chain free radicals start, protecting your cells from harm. But getting enough vitamin E can be tricky in today’s fast-food world, which is one reason adding almonds to your diet are a smart idea. The two top whole food sources of naturally occurring vitamin E are almonds and sunflower seeds, and the natural vitamin E found in almonds is twice as potent as the synthetic vitamin E found in most supplements. A handful of almonds supplies about half the recommended daily requirement of vitamin E, which is an important reason to grab your healthy handful every day.
Find out more about the connection between almonds, vitamin E and your health at www.AlmondsAreIn.com.
Sweets & Desserts
Blue Diamond Almonds are the ideal ingredient to take your cookies, cakes, and other treats up a notch in texture and flavor.
Protein is part of the cells, tissue and organs of your body. Because each of those break down and must be rebuilt daily, we need to consume the protein needed to do that, along with carbohydrates and fat—the other meganutrients your body requires. The amount of protein contained in a single handful of almonds is nearly as much as you get from a hard-boiled egg and almonds are the only protein source that’s also an excellent source of vitamin E.
Almonds are a hot topic of research lately, largely because the studies done to date show such intriguing results — possible protection against heart disease (America’s number-one killer) and support for weight management covered in other areas of this site. In addition, studies are also being conducted on almonds’ positive effects on glycemic control (blood sugar) to help people control diabetes type 2. There are a number of other studies underway across the country to determine if this nutrient dense food has additional health benefits.