Back in the late 70's and early 80's almonds were celebrated as the food to prevent or cure cancer. Then, the "fad" or popularity died down. Perhaps, the AMA stiffled the celebration.
Today, almonds are being celebrated for weight control because if you chew almonds 25 times before swallowing them compared to 40 times your caloric intake will be less. That's right chew less, less calories in your body because the fat in almonds is not absorbed because they are still trapped in the unbroken almond cells. Hence, the standard calorie count for almonds is incorrect.
The anitoxidants in almonds is another celebration because they protect the body from free radical damage -- preventing oxidation of celluar lipids and DNA -- which means reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
As a final note, a handful of almonds, about one-ounce or 160 calories, is a superb and quick source of vitamin E, magnesium, protein and fiber while offering iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and monounsaturated fat.