Almond is a waistline-friendly snack known to boost heart health, and loaded with enough other health benefits to land them a coveted spot on our list of the 50 healthiest foods of all time.?
But before you get carried away with a heaping handful, consider a few of the lesser-known facts about this beneficial bite. Here are a few surprising facts about almonds.?
The nut we know as the almond is technically the hard-shelled fruit of the almond tree, itself a member of the prunus family. This category of stone fruit encompasses trees and shrubs that produce edible fruit like cherries, plums, peaches, and nectarines.
Per one-ounce serving, almonds are tied with cashews and pistachios at 160 calories, health.com reported. They also have more calcium than any other nut, plus nearly 9 grams of monounsaturated, heart-healthy fats, 6 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of fiber per serving.