Hello, Health Nut
Why do consumers choose almonds? It’s a simple equation, really: incredibly cravable taste plus nutrition that nobody (and no body) can resist.1 More than 75% of consumers believe almonds are “great tasting and nutritious,”2 so when you include them in your ingredient repertoire, you’re satisfying both sides by packing an extra punch of delicious crunch, plus a variety of vital nutrients. California Almonds are the nut that does it all.
- When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the tree nut highest in six essential nutrients: protein (6g), fiber (4g), calcium (75mg), vitamin E (7.4mg), riboflavin (0.3mg), and niacin (1mg).
- Almonds are an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E (35% DV), a powerful antioxidant that may help neutralize damaging free radicals in the body.
- Just one ounce of almonds is an excellent source of magnesium and a source of potassium (6% DV), phosphorus (15% DV), and iron (6% DV).
- Almonds are a heart-smart ingredient from every angle. Every ounce has 13 grams of “good” unsaturated fat, only 1 gram of saturated fat and zero cholesterol.
1. Almond Consumer Attitudes, Awareness and Usage Survey, Sterling-Rice Group, 2011.
2. Global Perceptions Report, Sterling-Rice Group, 2013.
Do you know which type of vitamin E the human body absorbs best? It’s called alpha-tocopherol (AT) vitamin E, and California Almonds are one of the leading food sources of this important antioxidant. It’s a good thing too because most Americans get only half of their recommended vitamin E each day, providing yet another reason to include almonds in your product or on the menu.
- Alpha-tocopherol vitamin E may help neutralize nasty free radicals that can damage cells, tissues, and even DNA.
- Researchers have linked free radicals to the development of some chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. An ounce of almonds unleashes 35% of the Daily Value for vitamin E to help fight the good fight.1
- A one-ounce serving of almonds contains a similar amount of total polyphenols as one cup of green tea and ½ cup of steamed broccoli.2
1. In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin E, one ounce of almonds also offers: fiber (4g); calcium (75mg); protein (6g); iron (1.0mg); potassium (200mg); saturated fat (1g); unsaturated fat (13g).
2. Milbury, P.E.; Chen, C.; Dolnikowski, G.; Blumberg, J. Determination of flavonoids and phenolics and their distribution in almonds. J. Agric. Food Chem, 2006, 54,5027-5023.
Almonds Have Heart
Almonds heart-smart benefits 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.
- In addition to this, almonds also contribute to an overall healthy diet and are a proud participant in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Health CheckTM program of Canada. Health Check is the food information program of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Every food product with the Health Check symbol has been evaluated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s registered dietitians and meets specific nutrient criteria based on recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide.i
- 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®.
™ The Health Check logo, Health Check word mark, and Heart and Stroke Foundation word mark are trademarks of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada used under license.
The Skinny on Fat
To keep hearts and bodies in the best shape possible, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight.1 That’s why integrating almonds into your products or recipes is not only a smart choice, but also a deeply satisfying one. Almonds offer key benefits to anyone trying to shed a few pounds, including fewer calories for more nutrients, tempting crunch, and undeniable tasty flavor.
- An ounce of almonds provides 4 grams of filling fiber, “good” monounsaturated fat and 6 grams of energy-rich protein.2
- Almonds are even considered a good fit with many popular weight-loss plans such as Weight Watchers, the Mediterranean Diet and the South Beach Diet.
- Recent research shows that whole almonds may provide the body with just 129 calories per ounce—that’s 20 percent fewer than the 160 calories Nutrition Facts labels currently state. The study takes into account the digestibility of whole almonds, and further research is needed to better understand the results of the study and how this technique for calculating calories could potentially affect the calorie count of other foods.3
So try bringing a little extra flair to your product with some deliciously desirable California Almonds. They’re the simple way to please even the pickiest palates and maybe even help tip the scales in consumers’ favors.
1. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognized almonds with a health claim in 2003, touting: 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.
2. Good news about good fat: U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.
3. Novotny JA, Gebauer SK, Baer DJ. 2012. Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. Amer J. Clin. Nutr. doi:10.3945/ ajcn.112.035782.
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