Almonds - Research
Some research on almonds suggests that daily intake may help lower cholesterol.5,6
Historically, the whole almond nut was used as a folk remedy to relieve heartburn.4 More recently, almond oil has been used externally for its cleansing and protective properties for the skin.3
The varied content of fat, carbohydrate, and protein along with many other nutrients, makes almonds a common food of choice when weight gain is desired. When taken orally, almond oil is easily digested and absorbed. It is absorbed through the skin more slowly. The cosmetic industry has found that both almond oil and almond meal tend to not irritate the skin, making them appropriate for cosmetic and skin care products. Products containing almond include lotions, creams, makeup, skin cleansers, and suntan lotions.2
2 Leung AY, Foster S, eds. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc; 1996.
3 Onstad D. Whole Foods Companion. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Company; 1996.
4 Grieve M. A Modern Herbal. Vol 1. New York: Dover Books; 1971.
5 Abbey M. Partial replacement of saturated fatty acids with almonds or walnuts lowers total plasma cholesterol and low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol. Am J Clin Nut. 1994;59:995-999.
6 Spiller GA. Nuts and plasma lipids: an almond-based diet lowered LDL-C while preserving HDL-C. J Am College of Nut.1998;17:285-290.