I must nut eat all the almonds!
How much do you know about this delicious superfood? Here are a few fun and health facts about almond we bet you did not know! Almonds are actually in the rose family and are often called “the queen of the rose family.” As a drupe, almonds are part of the same family as cherries, peaches, and mangoes. There are over 30 different varieties of almonds. One of the quintessential superfoods, almonds are packed with protein and vitamin E and are also a great source of fiber, calcium, and iron. Almond trees are incredibly sensitive to cold temperatures making it a constant battle to ensure that the air around the orchard stays above -2 or -3 °C to protect the crop. The Western Cape is most suited for almond production because of its Mediterranean climate. Annually South Africa produces about 300 tons of almonds. Farmers in South Africa grow imported and local breeds of almonds. Almond growers rent bees for pollination and it’s one of the costliest issues for growers. Almond milk contains a surprisingly low amount of calories. One cup of almond milk is just 30 calories, or about half the amount of calories for the same amount of cow’s milk. With six grams of protein per ounce, 12 different vitamins and minerals and a high amount of good-for-you monounsaturated fat, almonds have a myriad of nutritional benefits. Almonds are extremely high in magnesium, a mineral that many people don’t get enough of. High magnesium intake may offer major improvements for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Almonds help to slow absorption of sugar and carbs. Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to aging and disease. They also contain a decent amount of copper, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. If you know more such facts on almonds, let us know by commenting below.