These are raw unpasteurized almonds. Ounce for ounce, almonds are one of the most nutritionally dense nuts.
Almonds are a high-fat food that's great for your health. They are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, with 25g providing 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance. They also have good amounts of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, and fiber. They contain more calcium than any other nut which makes them great for vegetarians who do not eat any dairy products. Approximately one ounce, or 20-25 almonds, contain as much calcium as 1/4 cup of milk, a valuable tool in preventing osteoporosis. And, if you're pregnant, or thinking about it, almonds are a great source of the folic acid you need! The phosphorus helps you build strong bones and teeth.
They also contain amygdalin, also known as laetrile or vitamin B17, an anti-cancer nutrient. As almonds are high in protein, around 18 percent, and contain virtually no carbohydrates, they are also ideal for diabetics, pre-diabetics or anyone with blood sugar issues. A quarter-cup contains 7.62 grams-more protein than is provided by the typical egg, which contains 5.54 grams.
The flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately. Twenty potent antioxidant flavonoids were identified in almond skins. They are among the richest sources of food with vitamin E that you can find and provide more of a diversity of phytochemicals than any other single food source.
Cautions: No cautions that we know of, except for our children find them a little addicting. This is their favorite bulk food to snack on.
Uses: There seems to be no end to how many ways we can consume these nutritionally packed nuts. We cut them up and add them to many dishes (hot cereals, yogurt, smoothies, salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor. These truly raw almonds can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children. The can be consumed as often as you would like.
Storage: They should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great but not necessary.
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