Definition

Almonds are the seeds, typically sold shelled, of the fruit of the almond tree, Prunus dulcis. 

Health considerations

Almonds are a source of protein, fiber, and fat (primarily monounsaturated). They also provide Vitamins E and B2 and manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium in significant quantities. There is some evidence supporting inclusion of almonds and nuts in the diet as a snack that helps regulate appetite and blood sugar. Almonds may lead to kidney stone formation in susceptible persons due to oxalate content. See: Almond oil.

Keep in mind

Almonds are often cross-reactive with tree nut and peach allergies and thus should be avoided by such individuals unless otherwise indicated.

May be found in

Cookies, cakes, pastries, macarons, marzipan, muesli, granola, ice cream, chocolates

References

Journal of Food Composition and Analysis
British Journal of Nutrition
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