E-mergency? Majority of U.S. Consumers Lack Essential Vitamin E

Journal of Nutrition Cites Almonds as a Rich Source to Fill the "E Gap"

Sep 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from Almond Board of California

    MODESTO, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 90
 percent of the U.S. population does not meet the current intake
 recommendation for vitamin E, according to a special supplement to the
 September 2008 Journal of Nutrition(). The article recognized almonds as an
 excellent source of vitamin E that can fill this nutrient gap and the
 authors concluded that vitamin E, among other things, can help support a
 healthy immunity.
     The Almond Board of California has commissioned numerous studies on the
 availability of nutrients in almonds, and as an excellent source of vitamin
 E, one ounce of almonds could help consumers reach their recommended daily
 allowance (RDA). The RDA for vitamin E is 15mg of alpha-tocopherol. On
 average, most Americans consume only 8 mg of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E per
 day. By eating one ounce of almonds (7.5mg of vitamin E), Americans can
 achieve the RDA.
     "Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that the body needs daily, and most
 people don't realize that they can fill that 'E gap' with easily available
 and enjoyable whole foods," said Maret Traber, Ph.D., professor of
 nutrition and principal investigator at the Linus Pauling Institute and
 expert on vitamin E. "Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E."
     The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recognizes vitamin E as a
 nutrient of concern in the American diet since most people don't get
 enough. The Guidelines highlight almonds as the premier whole food source
 of alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, the form of vitamin E that the human body
     Dr. Karen Lapsley, director of scientific affairs for the Almond Board
 of California, confirmed almonds' multi-tasking nutrition profile, stating,
 "In addition to vitamin E, when compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the
 nut highest in protein (6g), fiber (3g), calcium (75mg), riboflavin (0.3mg)
 and niacin (1mg). Also, the skins of almonds contain levels of antioxidants
 called flavanoids that are similar to many fruits and vegetables(2)."
     Americans can close the gap -- the E Gap -- today by adding a one-ounce
 handful of vitamin E-rich almonds.
     One ounce of almonds, about a handful, offers: Calcium (75mg), Protein
 (6g); Iron (1.0mg); Potassium (200 mg); Unsaturated Fat (12g). U.S. Dietary
 Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated.
 One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of
 saturated fat.
     The Almond Board of California administers a grower-enacted Federal
 Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of
 Agriculture. Established in 1950, the Board's charge is to promote the best
 quality almonds, California's largest tree nut crop. For more information
 on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit www.AlmondsAreIn.com.
     () Janet C. King, Jeffrey Blumberg, Linda Ingwersen, Mazda Jenab, and
 Katherine L. Tucker. Tree Nuts and Peanuts as Components of a Healthy Diet,
 Journal of Nutrition, September 2008, Volume 138, Number 9S-I Supplement.
     (2) Paul E. Milbury, Chung-Yen Chen, Gregory G. Dolnikowski, Jeffrey B.
 Blumberg. Determination of Flavanoids and Phenolics and Their Distribution
 in Almonds, Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, June 28, 2006.

SOURCE Almond Board of California