Almonds are an excellent food that should be eaten several times a week.
They are heart healthy with their antioxidant power. By the way, almonds have twice the antioxidant power with their skins on so keep that in mind.
They also serve as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a real danger to our bodies and eating anti-inflammatory foods is a must for health.
Almonds are also a fantastic source of fiber which may help to prevent colon cancer.
Almonds are also good blood sugar regulators probably due to their protein content.
Almonds are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They are a good source of riboflavin, magnesium, and manganese. They are also a very good source of Vitamin E.
Note: The fats in almonds are mostly healthy fats. A 1-oz serving has 14.0 grams of fat but only 1.1 grams are saturated fat and there is 0 trans fat. Polyunsturated fat is 3.4 grams with a whopping 8.7 of those 14 grams are healthy monounsaturated fat.
1 oz serving (24 whole almond kernels) has:
6.1 grams total carbs
3.5 grams dietary fiber
1.1 grams sugars
6 grams protein