TODAY, SunFood puts the spotlight on almonds.

The almond is a species of tree native to Mediterranean regions of the Middle East and southern Asia. It’s also the name we give to the seed of the almond tree.

Almond seeds can be eaten raw, made into almond milk, flour, butter or oil.

Almonds are delicious and packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fibre.

Almonds do contain a bit of cyanide but you’d need to eat a thousand or more nuts in one sitting to risk cyanide poisoning.

About 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in California, in the US.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 45g of most nuts including almonds, in a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Research from Purdue University, in the US, suggests that eating almonds helps people feel satisfied for a number of hours – a benefit to people who are trying to manage their weight.