CALIFORNIA IS THE WORLD’S #1 ALMOND PRODUCER
Since 1987, the United States has been the largest producer of almonds worldwide. The success of the California crop in seizing the No. 1 rank in world almond production is due in large part to the use of irrigation and mechanization, resulting in higher yields and cost effectiveness.
90% of ALL almonds in the world come from California. This includes 98.5% of all almonds in the U.S.
In 2011, almond acreage was estimated at 835,000 acres of which 760,000 acres were bearing and 75,000 still non-bearing. Between 2006 and 2010, the United States produced 82 percent of the world’s almonds on a shelled basis.
Resource via: Where Food Comes From
Health Benefits of Almonds
Almonds pack the tasty, satisfying crunch and punch you need to keep you going strong whatever the day brings. When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the tree nut highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin and are among the lowest in calories. Almonds are a satisfying snack you can feel good about. And best of all, you can take them anywhere and eat them anytime!
Consider integrating a snack of California Almonds into your lifestyle. Turns out, a handful a day (about 23 almonds) really may keep the doctor away. The are one of the leading food sources of the important antioxidant, alpha-tocopherol, which is prevalent in the vitamin E that is in every California Almond.
1 Ounce of California Almonds Contains:
- 35% Daily Value of vitamin E ups the antioxidant content of any product while adding a measure of shelf stability.
3.5 grams of dietary fiber, an important touchpoint for consumers.
6 grams of plant-based protein for vegetarian and partial vegetarian dishes and products alike.
8% Daily Value of calcium, for those with a dairy intolerance.
Only 1 gram of saturated fat and 13 grams of “good” mono and polyunsaturated fats.
California Almonds Aide Weight Loss
Almonds are even considered a good fit with many popular weight-loss plans such as Weight Watchers, the Mediterranean Diet, and the South Beach Diet. They offer key benefits to anyone trying to shed a few pounds; fewer calories for more nutrients; crunch; and undeniable tasty flavor.
Of all the things to love about almonds, this one should really get your heart pumping: Just a handful of almonds a day may help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. And that’s good news for just about everyone as cardiovascular disease holds its spot as the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S.
Check out how the mighty almond stacks up against its peers on the California Almond Board’s Nutrient Comparison Chart of Tree Nuts here.
Almond Fun Facts
- California Almonds are 100% cholesterol free and low in saturated fat, making them a deliciously tempting option for smarter meals and snacks – all while helping to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.
- Data shows that most Americans get only half of their recommended vitamin E per day and almonds are the ideal way to close that gap. In fact, just one ounce of almonds contains 35% of the Daily Value for vitamin E.
- In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin E, one ounce of almonds also offers: fiber (3.5g); calcium (75mg); protein (6g); iron (1.0mg); potassium (200mg); saturated fat (1g); unsaturated fat (13g).
- Almonds aren’t actually nuts! In fact, they are the edible seeds of drupe fruits, then the leathery “flesh” is removed at harvest.
Resource via: California Almond Board