NOW Foods Almonds, Shelled, Raw
Almonds are king of the nut family and taste great. Raw almonds are relatively easy to digest and can be soaked in pure water 4-8 hours for a unique treat. Almonds are also the only alkaline nut; all other nuts are acid forming in the body. Enjoy these delicious, nutritious, California unblanched Almonds. Almonds have more dietary fiber and calcium than any other nut. Almonds are also an excellent source of Vitamin E and magnesium. They are a source of dietary fiber, calcium and iron and are low in saturated fat.
The almond belongs to the rose family, or Rosaceae. Its Latin name is Prunus dulcis. You may also find it by the name Prunus amygdalus. The Almond is native to Asia and the Phoenicians, members of an ancient civilization of southwest Asia, who lived in what is today Syria and Lebanon. They most likely introduced the almond to various Mediterranean countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, and France, as they traveled to the Mediterranean Sea in the twelfth century B.C. The almond traveled to Germany and in the seventeenth century, almonds reached England and the Americas.
The almond has been praised throughout the centuries for its nutritional virtues. The Romans showered newlywed couples with almond, a sign of fertility, happiness, romance, good health, and fortune. Almond milk had a reputation for high nutritional content among the Chinese, who gave it to the throats of privileged infants in astonishing quantities, hundreds of years ago.
Of all nuts, almonds are among the highest in nutritional content.
One ounce (28g) contains: 3g of fiber, 75mg of calcium, 90mg of magnesium, mg of potassium, about 1mg of zinc and manganese, as well as ample amounts of other nutrients.
Almonds are also a good source of protein (5.6g per ounce) and an excellent source of plant sterols (75mg per ounce). They also contain good fats and are especially high in monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol levels and bad fats (LDL).
No wonder the ancients praised this "King of Nuts" Almonds are nutritionally beneficial to joint, skin, cardiovascular, and immune health, and a tasteful addition to a healthy, balanced diet.