Overview

Sweet almond (Prunus dulcis) is a type of nut consumed in the diet. Sweet almond and its oil are also used as medicine.

Sweet almond contains fiber, fatty acids, and other plant compounds. These compounds might help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. Sweet almond might also help people stick to diets when trying to lose weight.

People use sweet almond for high cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, aging skin, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Sweet almond is a tree nut. Tree nuts are considered major food allergens in the US. Sweet almond contents must be labeled on packaged food and supplement products. Don't confuse sweet almond with bitter almond or apricot kernel. These are not the same.

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