Organic almonds continue to grow in popularity due to increased awareness of their significant nutritional benefits, versatility, great taste and adaptive use for our modern, health-conscious lifestyles. Northwest Wild Foods proudly offers the finest quality raw organic almonds that will contribute to your sense of wellbeing, convenience, and long-term health.
Actually, almonds have been an important part of our diet for literally thousands of years with archaeological evidence suggesting that almonds were consumed as far back as 3000 BC. In fact, they were found in the tomb of King Tut, indicating their importance in their culture.
Almonds are actually seeds of the almond tree. These trees were brought to California during the 1700’s by Spanish missionaries. By the early 1900’s commercial cultivation of almonds in California took off, with the Central Valley of California providing the ideal climate for almond trees. Today, California is the largest producer of almonds in the world, supplying the majority of the global almond market.
Almonds are Nutrient Rich
Low glycemic Index Carbohydrates
A single ounce serving of almonds provides only 6.1 grams of low glycemic index carbohydrates making them a good choice for people on low-carb diets. In fact, almonds make up a key ingredient of many popular low-carb snacks.
Almonds are a good source of plant-based protein, containing small amounts of all the essential and non-essential amino acids making them an excellent snack option, especially for vegetarians and vegans.
Almonds are a high-fat food, providing about 22% of the recommended daily amount of fat in a single ounce. However, most of the fat found in almonds is monounsaturated fat, which has cardio-protective properties that can help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. These fats also provide a long-lasting energy source
Almonds are a good source of dietary fiber, providing 3.5 grams in just one oz., which aids digestion, helps maintain a healthy weight, and prevents constipation
Vitamins and Minerals
Almonds contain a complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals. In fact, almonds are considered one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. Almonds contain Biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, molybdenum, and copper, and more.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E, which help protect cells from damage, reduce inflammation, and support overall health
Health Benefits of Organic Almonds
Heart Health and Cholesterol Management
Just one ounce of almonds per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. This is because they provide lipid-lowering monounsaturated fat, fiber, and vitamin E. Almonds also contain phytonutrients, especially plant sterols and flavonoids, which are heart-healthy and offer antioxidant benefits.
Improves Diabetes Risk and Management
Research has shown that eating almonds can actually decrease spikes in blood sugar levels, due to the higher levels of magnesium they provide. Higher intakes of magnesium are associated with a reduced risk of diabetes. In addition, studies also suggest that almond consumption can help those with diabetes control their blood sugar.
Eating as little as two ounces of almonds a day on a regular basis can benefit your intestinal health. Almonds can help produce “healthy” helpful bacteria within the intestines.
These bacteria are responsible for several health benefits. When you promote the growth of these bacteria, it can help to prevent several serious intestinal diseases.
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-Carnitine. Both of these nutrients are important when it comes to the health of the brain. They can help to reduce inflammation that cause diseases of the brain such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Almonds also stimulate acetylcholine production.
Acetylcholine is a major player in a person’s memory. Eating almonds can help to ensure that the body is producing enough acetylcholine, which can improve memory and overall brain function. A deficiency of acetylcholine can cause brain fog where thinking can become confused or unclear; or worse, lead to cognitive decline.
As previously mentioned, almonds contain a high amount of antioxidants, in particular Vitamin E is very important for the health of the skin as it helps to fight off free radicals, which can lead to premature aging of the skin as well as skin cancer.
Vitamin E is also an important anti-inflammatory nutrient. Consuming high amounts of vitamin E helps to prevent skin issues that are related to inflammation.
Dental and Bone Health
Almonds have high amounts of magnesium and phosphorus, which are important for the development and maintenance of both teeth and bones. In addition, these nutrients help the body absorb other important nutrients. This means that calcium that is taken in from other sources can be absorbed even more effectively.
Magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium taken together in sufficient amounts helps ensure that your teeth and your bones stay healthy and strong for long into your life.
Prevention of Gallstones
There is evidence to support that people who eat almonds on a regular basis lower their risk of developing gallstones by about 25 percent. Almonds contain certain nutrients that will bind to the bile that is found within the gut, reducing the risk of bile entering the gallbladder and hardening.
Research has shown that people who are overweight can benefit from eating almonds. When consuming a low-calorie diet, the array of nutrients that are found in almonds along with the monounsaturated fats can help a person shed the weight that they want to lose, and benefit from lowered blood pressure.
The World Wide Benefits of Organically Grown Almonds
Northwest Wild Foods offers you the best of the best: not only are these organically grown raw almonds so beneficial for your health and well-being, but you can be confident that these organically grown almonds meet the highest level of environmental standards.
The popularity of organic almonds has been steadily increasing in recent years due to a growing awareness of general health and environmental concerns. Several factors contribute to the rising popularity of organically grown almonds:
Personal Health Concerns
Organic almonds are perceived as healthier because they are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Many consumers are concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food. Organic almonds are non-GMO by definition, making them a preferred choice for individuals who want to avoid genetically engineered crops.
Organic Certification standards
The presence of well-established organic certification standards ensures the authenticity and quality of organic almonds, giving consumers confidence in their choice.