Of all the things to love about almonds, this one should really get your heart pumping: almonds provide several key nutrients that can help support a healthy heart.
Almonds Have Heart
The heart-smart benefits of almonds are good news for just about everyone; especially since cardiovascular disease holds the spot as the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S.
- California Almonds are cholesterol-free, have only 1 gram of saturated fat, and have 13 grams of unsaturated fat per one ounce serving.
- But there’s more, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28 grams, or about 23 almonds) has 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat.
- You can look forward to having a little help in the grocery aisles because the American Heart Association® has certified whole almonds to display the sought-after Heart-Check mark. Now it’s easy for everyone out there to identify almonds as a heart-smart option.ii
i The Heart and Stroke Foundation's™ dietitians have reviewed this product and it meets nutrient criteria developed by Health Check™ based on recommendations in Canada's Food Guide. A fee is paid to help run this voluntary, not-for-profit program. Healthcheck.org
ii All certified nuts, including salted varieties, must meet the American Heart Association’s® nutritional requirements which include a limit of 140mg or less of sodium per label serving size. Please note that the Heart-Check Food Certification does not apply to hyperlinks, recipes, or research unless expressly stated. For more information, see the American Heart Association’s® nutrition guidelines at heartcheckmark.org/guidelines. American Heart Association® and the Heart-Check Mark are registered trademarks of the American Heart Association®.