Almonds: A Heart-smart Wealth Of Health In Every Bite

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Wonderful Almonds joins sister brand Wonderful Pistachios in proudly carrying the American Heart Association's (AHA) Heart-Check mark, a trusted symbol for shoppers who are navigating the grocery store looking for heart-healthy products. To earn the widely recognized healthy food icon, Wonderful Almonds went through the American Heart Association's Heart-Check certification process, and earned the Heart-Check mark based on the fact that almonds naturally contain healthy fats, beneficial nutrients, sodium content (140 mg or less of sodium per label serving size), and zero cholesterol, trans fat and sugars.  Appearing on packages now, the Heart-Check mark reminds consumers that a serving of Wonderful Almonds can be a healthfully delicious fit for a healthy eating plan.

Since 1995, the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark has guided consumers to heart-healthy choices as a first step in creating an overall sensible eating plan, and today, it stands as one of the most trusted and the most recognized nutrition symbols. The Heart-Check mark is a valuable tool in today's grocery stores, especially since most Americans struggle to eat healthy and make the right food choices. Many eat more calories than they need and consume more than 3000mg sodium per day – twice the 1500mg/day recommended by AHA.

In late 2011, the AHA Heart-Check program expanded to include even more heart-healthy foods, including fish high in omega 3 fatty acids and nuts. "This is big news," said Maggie Moon, MS, RD, senior nutrition communications manager for Paramount Farms. "Having nuts officially included in AHA's Heart-Check Program means it'll be that much easier for people to find heart-smart snacks." Ms. Moon added, "Americans are seeking healthier options, and this symbol makes that process simpler." This is especially relevant today because Americans are snacking more than ever, often using snacks as a way to boost the overall nutrition they get for the day. In fact, 97-percent of Americans are snacking away, representing nearly one out of every four calories.

Almost 90 percent of the fat found in almonds is the healthy unsaturated kind, such as mono- and polyunsaturated fats, the better types that may play a role in cardiovascular wellness. Compare a serving of almonds to other popular snack foods like packaged cookies or nachos, which can be high in both saturated and trans fats, and the choice for healthier snacking is clear.

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a qualified health claim related to nuts that states "Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. See nutrition information for fat content."

In addition to heart-health support, there is a lot to love about Wonderful Almonds. Almonds deliver a wealth of nutrients in every bite, including a knockout source of antioxidant vitamin E. A 30g serving (about 23 nuts) of Wonderful Almonds provides 180 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 35 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin E, and 8 percent of the Daily Value for calcium. Wonderful Almonds are naturally low in saturated fat, cholesterol-free, and nutritious. Fans of Wonderful Almonds can choose from two sodium-free varieties: Roasted No Salt and Natural Raw, and the Roasted & Salted variety, also low in sodium at 100mg/serving (4 percent DV).

All varieties of Wonderful Almonds are available in 6.3-ounce bags with an estimated retail price of $3.99. Wonderful Almonds Roasted & Salted is available in 48-ounce packs at club stores. Coming soon, Wonderful Almonds Roasted & Salted will be available in a convenient, portion-perfect, 1.5-ounce package, retailing for $0.99. Wonderful Almonds and Wonderful Pistachios products can be found in the produce department of major grocery stores nationwide.