Almonds have a rich history of cultural significance and medicinal applications among ancient civilizations. The tree nut is native to Asia and the Middle East and was first cultivated as far back as 3000 BC. Almonds were first introduced to California from Spanish missionaries in the mid-1700s, but it wasn’t until the 1800s that growers learned to produce almonds successfully in this state. Today, the United States is the leading supplier of almonds, with 100% of commercial production coming from California. Almonds are one of the world’s most versatile nuts, renowned for their many health benefits and widely used in sweet and savory dishes around the globe.
Almonds Health Benefits
1) Lower Cholesterol: Almonds are the leading source of monounsaturated fat among commonly eaten nuts: over 60% of the total fat in almonds is monounsaturated. Numerous studies have demonstrated the cholesterol-lowering effects of consuming foods rich in monounsaturated fat. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming almonds as part of a heart-healthy diet can be just as effective at lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol levels as first generation statin drugs.
2) Reduce Blood Sugar Levels: Eating almonds may be a great option for diabetics looking to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Findings from a 2007 study published in the journal Metabolism found that consuming almonds alongside white bread regulates spikes in blood sugar and significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal.
3) Antioxidant Powers: Almonds are one of the richest food sources of alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E that is most easily absorbed by the body. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that protects cells against the damaging effects of free radicals, boosts the immune system, and helps your body create new red blood cells. A 2005 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that almond consumption helped meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance of 15 mg/day alpha-tocopherol and improved red blood cell concentration.
4) Health Nut: Almonds are abundant in even more nutty nutrients, like protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. One ounce of almonds contains 12% of the Daily Value (DV) of protein, nearly 15% DV of dietary fiber, 20% DV of magnesium, 7% DV of calcium, and 5% DV of potassium.
10 Ways to Eat Almonds
1) Enjoy them raw, roasted, or seasoned for a delicious and healthy snack
2) Toss sliced almonds with salads
3) Mix chopped almonds into yogurt, oatmeal, or baked goods for a nutty nutrient fix
4) Spread almond butter on sliced bread or toast
5) Dark chocolate covered almonds satisfy a sweet tooth and pack an antioxidant boost
6) Try almonds in a trail mix with other nuts and snacks
7) Add a crunchy almond coating to poultry or fish
8) Replace wheat flour with almond flour in recipes to create low-carb, gluten-free baked goods
9) Blend almonds in a food processor to make your own homemade almond butter or almond milk
10) Share Jordan almonds with your guests during special occasions, like weddings, showers, and other celebrations.
How are almonds harvested?
Almond trees bear fruit with a thick outer hull covering the hard shell of the almond seed. They grow best in dry climates, making central California an optimal location for almond production in the United States. When the crop is mature, the hulls begin to split and mechanical shakers are brought into the orchard floor to shake the fruits from the trees. Remaining hulls are then removed completely in a processing facility and the moisture content of the nuts is reduced to preserve freshness. The almonds are then cleaned, sized, and a majority of the nuts are shelled for sale.
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