Monday, August 9, 2010

Almond "goodness" depends on cultivator (breed) and year

Almonds make up a key part of LSA (Linseed, Sesame and Almonds. They combine to make a complete protein). Nuts in general a good, as long as there not roasted and covered in salt/sugar. Also Almonds are yummy!

Unsurprisingly almonds have antioxidants and polyphenols which are thought to be beneficial to health. A paper looked at different breeds of almond trees over a number of years and investigated the antioxidant and polyphenol content. What they found was:  
polyphenol content of cultivars ranged from 4.0 to 10.7 mg/100 g almonds
So depending on what type of cultivar (breed) the tree is your almonds might have double - or half - of what you expect. Yet another example of how different breeds make such a difference in nutrition and we as consumers get no choice about which breed we purchase.

Year also plays a part. During the 06 & 07 seasons the antioxidant levels were 13% lower than the 05 season. So just over a 10% reduction...... again do you know what year your almonds were grown in. Of course we don't.

There is far more variation in the nutrition in our food than we realize.

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