A recent study by researchers at Tufts University has found that almonds are a rich source of antioxidants, disease fighting compounds usually associated with fruits and vegetables.
Almonds have long been praised for being an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin E as well as being an effective means of lowering cholesterol.
After testing the eight most common varieties of California almonds, researchers discovered the nuts contain the antioxidants catechin, epicatechin and kaempferol, which are particularly important in fighting the cell damage that can lead to serious illnesses.
The study claims that one serving of almonds contains the same amount of the antioxidant flavenoid as an equivalent portion of broccoli.
The next stage of the research will focus on determining how the human body extracts and absorbs the beneficial compounds.
A single ounce of almonds contains 160 calories, calcium, potassium and iron as well as being a good source of protein and fibre.
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