There are so many almonds in Australia, we are missing out on a huge opportunity to produce and harvest more delicious food, says food specialist and researcher in the field of food security, Dr. Mark O’Brien.
Dr. O’Brian is the founder and Executive Director of the Australian Research Council-funded Food Safety and Nutrition Research Centre (FSNRC), which he leads.
The FSNRC is Australia’s leading independent and publicly funded academic research and development centre, supporting research into food safety, food production and the development of new food products.
Dr O’Brien says that we are all fortunate to be able to eat almonds because of the unique health benefits they offer.
“Almonds are high in vitamin A and the omega 3 fatty acids that we need to survive and thrive.
They also contain protein and fibre.
Almonds are also a good source of fibre, which helps to prevent constipation and a reduced risk of bowel disease.”
Almonds can also be a great source of calcium, which is good for bones, teeth and eyes.
Dr O’Sears also says that if you look at the amount of food you eat and how much of it is made from almonds, you can see the potential to reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
“If you look into the food industry, you see that there are so much food products that are produced using almonds that are extremely high in sugar.
We also know that people with diabetes and high blood pressure tend to consume more of these products than people who don’t.””
We know that the best way to prevent these diseases is to reduce the amount we eat of sugar and to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages.”
We also know that people with diabetes and high blood pressure tend to consume more of these products than people who don’t.
“The way to reduce these diseases and to prevent obesity and diabetes is to limit your consumption of these unhealthy foods and reduce your sugar intake.”
So, what you are going to find is that in the US, for example, they actually make a lot of these low-fat products with almonds as a key ingredient.
“If we look at this in the UK, for instance, they are really looking at what’s going on in the almonds industry and are starting to focus more on how to increase the amount and quality of almonds they use to make their products.”
I think that the real opportunity is going to come when we actually look at almonds as food.
“They’re actually an essential food for people in the developing world, as well as the developed world.”
For example, when we look around the world we find that the food we are eating is very high in calories and saturated fat and it’s also very low in fibre, protein and vitamin A.
“He also points out that the use of almonds in products like chocolate, cookies, chocolate ice cream, cakes, biscuits and sweets is just one example of the potential of the food.
Almonds have been around for a long time, but the industry is now making great strides in producing them, Dr O’tsears says.”
There are a lot more people in this country who have been following the Australian almond industry, especially in the United States, and that is a really exciting development.
“But what you can expect in the next 15 years, and the next 20 years, is a much greater demand for almonds.”
You’ll also see almonds being grown in Australia in the middle of winter, and you’ll see the industry grow even further, which will really put an incredible strain on our local food supply.
“If you have an idea of how you could use almonds for food, or you are interested in finding out more about the world of food and food security in general, visit the Almond Institute website or read Dr OBrien’s article, Almond: the new food, here.