Mediterranean almonds ramp up BFY snacks with a new flavor profile

Recent years have seen a growing trend towards healthier snacks, and consumers are also increasingly demanding traceability.

Responding to these demands, a walnut seems to dominate as a key ingredient.

“Almonds are a great source of minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and phosphorous, plus they’re free of cholesterol and salt, making them a great addition to any diet.”said David Carvalho, CEO of Vercruz Almonds.

The humble almond is predicted to experience healthy growth in the coming years, more than any other nut. In 2022, the global market for almond products was estimated to be valued at $7.9 billion, according to Future Market Insight, and is projected to exceed $2 billion by 2024.

The main driver behind the rise of this humble nut is its adoption in a variety of products, from a milk alternative in beverages to adding a health halo to snack foods.

“Two handfuls of whole almonds provide 14% of our daily needs for dietary fiber, essential for a healthy intestine and to regulate cholesterol,”Carvalho said.

“That amount represents 28 to 30 grams of almonds, enough to also help prevent certain types of cancer, in addition to containing 37% of the vitamin E requirements.

“Whole almonds are richer in fiber and provide five times more phenolic compounds than blanched almonds. Simply put, they are an incredibly powerful antioxidant.”

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However, she cautions that, like any ingredient, eating in moderation is the key to reaping the full benefits of this superfood.

“Whether as a snack, in your vegetable milks, in pastas and recipes, almonds are your daily companion in a healthy diet.

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