Almonds are nutrient dense thanks to their high unsaturated, omega-6 fatty acid content. They contain high-quality plant-based protein, fibre, vitamins B7 (biotin), E and B2 (riboflavin), manganese, copper, phytosterols, and a number of beneficial phenolic compounds. By virtue of their unique composition, nuts, in general, have been shown to be beneficial for health when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet. The fibre and other prebiotic components found in almonds have been shown to improve gut health through the promotion of beneficial microflora growth. Studies have associated nut consumption with a possible reduced incidence of heart disease, and limited evidence suggests that they have beneficial effects on inflammation, hypertension, and blood cholesterol levels.
- Health Benefits of Nut Consumption
- Fatty acid composition of nuts – implications for cardiovascular health
- Nuts: source of energy and macronutrients
- Health benefits of almonds beyond cholesterol reduction
- Prebiotic effects of almonds and almond skins on intestinal microbiota in healthy adult humans
- In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the prebiotic effect of raw and roasted almonds (Prunus amygdalus)