While almonds are a healthy source of vitamins and fats, eating too many can have unintended consequences, such as weight gain, interactions with medications, vitamin E overdose and gastrointestinal problems, according to MD-Health.com. Packed with 14 grams of fat and 163 calories per ounce, it is important not to overdo it on these nutritional powerhouses to avoid possibly dangerous consequences.Know More
The daily recommended serving of almonds is 1 ounce. Consuming more than this can lead to weight gain, according to MD-Health.com. Almonds are rich in manganese, a mineral that can interact poorly with many medications, including antipsychotic drugs, antacids, laxatives and some antibiotics and blood pressure medications. One serving of almonds contains 0.6 milligrams of manganese. The daily recommended dosage of the mineral is just 1.8-2.3 milligrams of manganese daily, making it important not to over-consume almonds.
MD-Health.com explains that almonds are a great source of vitamin E, with 1 ounce containing over half of the recommended daily dose of the vitamin; however, if consuming a lot of items rich in vitamin E, such as fortified cereals, eggs and spinach, it is possible to overdose on the vitamin. Symptoms of vitamin E overdose include lethargy, headaches, diarrhea and excessive gas.
Almonds are a great source of fiber in the diet, according to MD-Health.com, but eating too many can cause constipation and bloating. Drink plenty of water when eating a diet rich in almonds to ensure the body can process the fiber.Learn more about Beans & Nuts
Raw almonds contain about 7 calories per nut, meaning a single serving of raw almonds, which is equal to 1/4 cup, or about 23 almonds, is about 160 calories. This serving size of raw almonds can be measured with a standard 1/4 cup measure or estimated as a small handful. It may also be helpful for those people who are watching calories, but do not have easy access to a 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure a serving of raw almonds as a full shot glass, a small baby food jar, a small spice jar or enough to cover a 3-inch-by-3-inch sticky note.Full Answer >
Many types of almonds contain trace amounts of cyanide, activated by chewing, but do not contain any arsenic. Some Levantine almonds are activated simply by the handling processes involved in common harvesting.Full Answer >
Almonds grow on trees. The buds must go through a period of cold weather in the winter. By early spring, the buds begin to bloom in preparation for pollination by bees. Once pollinated, the nuts begin to mature inside their hulls as they harden.Full Answer >
Almonds mostly grow in Mediterranean climates located between 28 and 48 degrees north latitude and between 20 and 40 degrees south latitude. Southwestern Asia is the native region of the almond tree, but about 80 percent of the world's almond supply comes from California.Full Answer >