Almonds

In traditional Chinese medicine almonds are known as brain and bone food, possibly because of their high calcium content. They contain more calcium than any other nut and are also a great source of vitamin E, fiber, and protein.
 Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats; these are the same health-promoting fats that are found in olive oil. Eating almonds in moderation can promote lower cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, and aid in weight loss.

DISCLAIMER!!! Now, we aren't going to get all crazy and tell you that GORP bars can cure every ailment known to man and provide every single health benefit listed below... because that's SO not allowed :) We just want to give a shout out to our awesome ingredients for YOUR education... so you can see all the awesomeness we INTENTIONALLY pack into our bar and perhaps inspire you to incorporate some of them into your diet more often :) 

More Reasons We Love Almonds: The Protein Powerhouse

  • Lowers LDL cholesterol
  • Linked to a reduced risk of heart disease
  • Flavonoids found in almond skin combine with the vitamin E found in the meat to more than double the antioxidant effect!
  • May help prevent gallstones
  • Manganese, copper, and riboflavin in almonds help with energy production
  • Ounce for ounce, almonds are one of the most nutritionally-dense nuts on the planet
  • Reduces the GI (glycemic index) of your meal
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels

Did You Know?
If you consume nuts at least four times per week, you have a 37% reduced risk of coronary heart disease compared to those who seldom or never eat nuts. Each additional serving of nuts per week is associated with an average 8.3% reduced risk of coronary heart disease. AND…a 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were participants who never or almost never ate nuts. So get munching...GORP bars have whole almonds (skin on), along with a nice dose of all-natural peanut butter to stick it all together!

Other ways to get this heart-healthy nut into your diet:

  • Enjoy almond butter on a slice of whole wheat toast in the morning or spread it down the centre of a stalk of celery to make it interesting for the kids!
  • Add some toasted almonds to a salad, stir-fry, or steamed vegetables
  • Throw some in a zip-lock bag and keep them close during the day so you aren’t tempted to hit the drive-thru
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