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Sally T. Almonds Roasted and Salted

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Almonds Roasted & Salted

The Almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East and eastward to India. They have been a popular food for thousands of years. There is a ‘sweet’ almond – which is generally sold and a ‘bitter’ almond that is not popular and has been used for medicinal uses.

Technically almonds are the seeds of the fruit of the almond tree and not nuts. Their cousins are the peach, cherry and apricot trees. They all bear fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut. There is a mandatory pasteurization program of almonds in the USA since 2007.

Almond information nuggets

  • Protein, it can be seen from the chart that there is a fairly high concentration of protein. It must be remembered though, that they cannot be considered as a complete protein because they lack the essential amino acids lysine, methionine and threonine. They are a good source of the amino acid arginine.
  • Fat although the almond is about 50% fat but it is worth noting that the fat content is mostly unsaturated fats with the highest % being mono-saturated fats, like oleic and palmitoleic acids, which have multiple health benefits
  • Fibres, both high amounts of both dietary soluble and insoluble fibres. This mix serves as a good moderator of blood sugar levels by assisting with slowing down carbohydrate absorption.
  • Snack success, almonds prove to be a healthy snack and hit the spot, even when ‘dieting’.
  • General nutrients: High concentrations of Vit E, Manganese, Magnesium and Riboflavin are noted
  • Rich source of antioxidants, in the form of polyphenols , flavonoids, and phenolic acids, all typically associated with vegetables and fruits.
  • Reduction in coronary heart disease, is suggested as almonds may reduce high levels of serum lipids – including high serum cholesterol levels.
  • Vit E, good source found in almonds. There is about 25 mg Vit E per 100 g. Vitamin E is a powerful fat soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining cell membrane integrity of the mucus membranes and of the skin.

 

Nutritional Breakdown

Nutritional Breakdown Per 100 gm
Energy 2450 kJ
Protein 21 g
Total Fat 50 g
   Saturated Fat 4 g
   Polyunsaturated  Fat 12 g
   Monounsaturated Fat 32 g
Carbohydrates 4 g
Dietary Fibre 12 g

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