UMA Global Foods


Almonds promotes heart health and prevents gallstones


Prunus amygdalus; Prunus dulcis


Pātām (Tam), almendras (Esp), Bādāam (Hin)


One of the earliest known domesticated tree nuts, almonds have been well-known for thousands of years and have even made appearances in historical texts such as the bible.


The seed is usually oval-shaped and is white inside while covered by a thin brown skin.


There are two types of almonds, the bitter almond, and sweet almond. While it is unknown how humans originally separated the two distinct almonds which are virtually identical in appearance, it’s a good thing they found a way because the bitter almond is toxic and inedible.


The bitter almond still can be used to produce almond oil however which can be a flavor add-in to many liquors or foods or even be used for skin treatments.


The sweet almond is known for its sweet taste and almonds are typically eaten raw or toasted and are often smoked or salted. They have many culinary uses as almonds can be used in many recipes, but can also produce other food products.


Almond butter is commonly used as a peanut butter substitute and is great for those suffering from a peanut allergy.


Almond milk is a great milk substitute great for those abstaining from dairy products. In addition, almond syrup and almond flour also have culinary uses.


  • While some may say almonds are high in fats, that is because of the monounsaturated fats which studies show promote great heart health.
  • Almonds have shown to reduce cholesterol, especially the bad cholesterol and is effective at reducing risk for heart disease.
  • In addition, almonds are very helpful in reducing risk for diabetes, improving blood-fat levels and reducing risk for weight gain.
  • Lastly, almonds are a great source of energy and may help prevent gallstones.


While almonds originated in the Middle East, the United States is the world’s largest producer of almonds today, however, California is the only state which produces them.