It seems everywhere you turn people are singing praises for almonds. Here at Simple Mills we LOVE almonds. We choose specifically to include them in many of our products because of their nutritional density and delicious flavor.
We grind our almonds into a fine flour that produces a tasty alternative to other flours. Note! It's important to pasteurize our almonds to make them safe to eat and store, but instead of a chemical process using propylene oxide (better known as PPO), we treat our almonds with steam, relying on our good friend H2O to keep things clean.
Here is a nutrition “snap shot” of almonds:
- Fiber: 3.5 grams.
- Protein: 6 grams.
- Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated)
- Vitamin E: 37% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 32% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 20% of the RDI.
- They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
A few reasons to grab your next handful…
The combination of fat and fiber in almonds helps promote increased satisfaction at snack time. Studies show that almond intake is inversely associated with obesity. 1 serving of almonds (1 oz. or 23 almonds) has 3.5 g of fiber!
Almonds are a good source of the antioxidant Vitamin E. 1 oz of plain raw almonds provides 7.27 milligrams (mg) of vitamin E or 37% of the recommended daily intake (RDI). Vitamin E and other antioxidants help prevent oxidative damage in the body.
Heart Healthy Fats:
80% of the fat in almonds is the monosaturated, the type which predominately has been found to have a positive impact on blood pressure, lipid levels, and cardiovascular risk. Addition of almonds in a daily diet has been found to beneficially impact overall cardiovascular lab markers.
Healthy Blood Sugars:
With a balance of fat, protein, and fiber, almonds help keep blood sugars stable at meals and at snack time. Research suggests that almond intake is associated with lower levels of blood glucose markers including; fasting insulin and fasting glucose.
Phytonutrients for Gut Health-
Almonds skins contain tiny plant compounds called phytonutrients and prebiotic fibers that have been found to support the growth of beneficial gut microbes.
Shop our Almond Flour Crackers here.