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
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
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