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The almond is a tree nut native to the Mediterranean region. Historically, almond trees grew there wild and were later cultivated as early as 3000 BC. Almonds are even referenced in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, as a prized food given as gifts. The edible part of the almond is actually a seed from a drupe, a fruit in which the outer shell and hull layers are typically not eaten. After extracting the almond seed, the shells and hulls are often used for livestock feed and bedding.

What's in Them?

Worried about gaining weight, many people stay away from nuts and seeds because of their fat content. However, if eaten in moderate quantities, almonds provide several essential nutrients. For one, they are 20% protein. If you eat an ounce of almonds a day (about 24 nuts) you will get about 5.6 grams of protein. They are also rich in Vitamin E and magnesium and contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.]

How to Eat Them

Buy whole organic almonds, which contain most of Nature's intelligence. Their skin is hard to digest, so ayurveda recommends blanching them. Soaking also helps their digestibility. If eaten without soaking, they can aggravate Pitta in the blood. The best way to prepare them is to soak them overnight and peel the skin off in the morning. Then you can blend them with dates and raisins, which also reduce Pitta aggravation in the blood. Eat up to 10 almonds in the morning and evening. Almonds should not be eaten by themselves on an empty stomach, but always mixed with other foods such as milk, grains or vegetables, to avoid Pitta imbalance. Since they are so versatile, you can add them to most of your dishes. You can sprinkle chopped almonds on puddings and add them to muffins and breads.

Fast facts on almonds

Here are some key points about almonds. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

Almonds are not, in fact, a true nut.

The almond is a species of tree native to India, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Wild almonds contain a powerful toxin.

Some evidence suggests that almonds can lower cholesterol levels.

Almonds were first domesticated thousands of years ago.

Benefits of almonds

There are a number of potential health benefits associated with almonds.

Almonds and cholesterol

A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that consuming almonds increases vitamin E levels in the plasma and red blood cells, and also lowers cholesterol levels.

Almonds and cancer risk

 A study, published in 2015 in Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, looked at nut consumption and cancer risk.

Almonds and heart disease

Almonds, along with nuts and seeds in general, are often associated with improved levels of blood lipids and being good for the heart.

Almonds and vitamin E

Almonds contain relatively high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant. In fact, they are one of the best natural sources of vitamin E, providing 37 percent of the recommended daily intake in just 1 ounce. Vitamin E helps protect cells from oxidative damage.

Almonds and blood sugar

There is some evidence that almonds may help keep blood sugar under control.