Almonds Qualify for American Heart Association Heart-Check Mark

February 1, 2012

Just in time for American Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA) has recently certified almonds — based on their nutrient profile — to display the signature Heart-Check mark, making it even easier for consumers to identify almonds as a heart-healthy choice. This is an accomplishment made possible at least in part by Almond Board of California’s commitment to nutrition research and communication, and is an example of how the industry’s investments come to fruition.

The Heart-Check symbol is the most consumer-trusted nutrition icon appearing on packaged foods. According to research conducted by AHA, 75% of shoppers are more likely to buy a product displaying the Heart-Check mark.

The following almond products are certified under ABC’s contract with AHA:

  • Whole natural almonds
  • Almonds, blanched
  • Almonds, dry roasted, no salt added
  • Almonds, dry roasted, salt added
  • Almonds, sliced
  • Almonds, slivered

The Almond Board is currently finalizing a tool kit for industry members. This tool kit will provide handlers with more information on how to take advantage of the Heart-Check mark. Handlers wishing to use the mark on branded products may qualify for a discount on the above almond products through ABC’s agreement with the American Heart Association. For more information about this exciting program, please contact Jenny Heap or Melissa Mautz for more information.

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. 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.

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