Almonds are a versatile tree nut. They come whole, blanched, slivered, flaked and ground, so make a useful ingredient adding texture and taste to meals. Plus, like fruit and vegetables, almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals beneficial to health. Enjoying a healthy serving of nuts regularly as part of a healthy diet may reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and can help with weight management.
Almond Meal is simple ground up Almonds!
You may see Almond Meal being referred to as Almond Flour, especially in recipes from the U.S. Almond Flour is simply the finest ground Almond Meal possible.
Where does our Almond Meal come from?
Almondco was founded by the pioneering families of the Australian almond industry in 1944. What started out as a co-operative of like minded growers in the southern vales of Adelaide has become a powerhouse on the world stage, renowned for producing some of the highest quality product.
Today, Almondco Australia is globally recognised for supplying premium quality almond products. More than 85% of Australia’s almond growers supply our company – one of the most successful horticultural co-operatives in the nation. We sort our natural kernel to some of the highest specifications in the world and our reputation for blanched meal and cuts is second to none among Australia’s leading pastry chefs.
What are the benefits of Almond Meal?
- Benefit digestive health – natural almonds are a source of dietary fibre which is important for a healthy digestive system – a 30g serve provides around 10% of the recommended dietary intake. Research has also shown that almonds may have potential as a prebiotic – these are non-digestible carbohydrates in a food which stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
- Rich source of healthy fats – almonds contain healthy unsaturated fats, predominantly monounsaturated fat (66% of total fat), plus have a low proportion of saturated fat (7% of total fat) Like all other plant foods, they are also cholesterol free.
- Excellent source of natural vitamin E – almonds are high in vitamin E with a 30g serve providing over 70% of the RDI. Vitamin E is an important fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant which can help maintain a healthy heart.
- Improves blood cholesterol – almonds lower total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels.One study found that a 73g serve of almonds each day reduced LDL cholesterol by almost 10% while 37g, or around a handful, reduced LDL by around 5%.The consumption of almonds as part of a vegetarian diet which was also low in saturated fat, and high in plant sterols, soy protein and soluble fibre, was found to reduce LDL cholesterol by a third.
Almond Meal information has been provided by Nuts for Life and Almond Co Australia.
Anna believes that in order to achieve your full potential in life you must first and foremost look after and value your body and mind.
Anna’s favourite time of day is the early morning (yes 4am early) enjoying a cup of tea and thinking about the day ahead, and maybe doing some test baking!