Almonds are appreciated as a staple in world culture not only for their taste and crunch, but also for their nutritional qualities and their health sustaining properties. The total package of nutrients available in one ounce, or 164 calories, testifies to the value of almonds as a part of a healthy diet.

A qualified health claim for nuts' ability to lower cholesterol levels has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States.

Almonds are a good source of protein along with dietary fiber, potassium, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E.

Almonds provide various minerals that are essential for bone health. Calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus have been implicated in maintaining bone mineral density.

Almonds can fit well into many different types of health and weight loss diets. Almond flour can be used as a substitute for wheat flour in gluten free products. Almonds can become a vital source of protein and calcium in vegetarian diets.