Health Benefits

Fortunately, the delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Although packaged almonds are available year round, they are the freshest in mid-summer, which is when they are at the height of their season.

The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-sized tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond trees bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.

Nine Health Benefits of Almonds

  1. They can reduce the risk of heart attack
  2. They lower 'bad' cholesterol
  3. They protect artery walls from damage
  4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth
  5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
  6. Almonds lower the rise of blood sugar and insulin after meals
  7. They help provide good brain function
  8. They nourish the nervous system
  9. They alkalize the body