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Almonds Are In: Learn the Health Benefits of Almonds

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In honor of National Almond Day (February 16) I thought I would write about the wonderful nutritional benefits of almonds.

Did you know that 100% of the almonds in the United States come from California? And 80% of the world's almonds are from California. If you are in California, you will soon see the gorgeous almond trees blooming at the end of February/beginning of March.

Have you ever thought about how almonds get to your table? I was surprised to find o
ut that almond trees are not self-pollinating. They require bees to pollinate the trees, so literally millions of bees are hard at work making sure we can enjoy our crunchy almonds. I also learned that you can eat green almonds and they are considered a delicacy.

Of course I love almonds because of their nutritional value. They are good for the heart because of they are low in saturated fat and contain fiber, Vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and copper. Check out this nutritional comparison chart of almonds vs other nuts. Almonds are also great for controlling weight because just 23 almonds contain 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of fiber.

One ounce of almonds (23 nuts to be exact) fits nicely into this tin that you can purchase online. If you are an almond lover and use them for snacks, this tin is a great way to control portion and always carry your almonds easily in your purse or briefcase.

You can find more great information and recipes using California Almonds at www.almondsarein.com
 

 

All images courtesy of California Almond Board

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Tags: Healthy Eating , Healthy Fats

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