The Facts About Almond Nutrition
Almonds can be found in such common places as on top of a salad or as a snack on an airplane. They are packed with nutritional value and they are tasty to eat. Almonds are so versatile that they can be used as a key ingredient in dessert or as a snack between meals.
Did you know that an ounce of almonds has as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk and provides 35% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to help prevent some forms of cancer?
Almonds are also high in folic acid that helps prevent birth defects, and they have higher levels of magnesium than those found in spinach or oats.
The phosphorus found in almonds helps build strong bones and teeth, and some of the other nutrients contained in almonds are protein, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, and phytochemicals.
Almonds have a long and rich history. Almonds are mentioned in the Book of Numbers dating from around 1400 BC. Then, around the year 300 a. C., the explorers who traveled the “Silk Road” between Asia and the Mediterranean brought almonds to eat. Hence, these explorers began cultivating almonds in regions as new as Morocco, Greece, Israel, Italy, and Spain.
During Roman times, almonds were considered a fertility charm. Perhaps the ancient Romans knew of the nutritional value of almonds and thought that it would not harm them with fertility. In the middle of the 18th century, almonds arrived from Spain to California. It took about a century for the almond trees to establish themselves and produce the volumes of almond trees that we see today.
Then in the early 1900s, the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas of California were well established as leaders in the almond industry.