The scent of roasted almonds is inextricably linked to the advent season: Burnt almonds are a winter classic that should not be missing on any Christmas market. However, roasted almonds - just like almonds in general - contain many calories and should only be consumed in moderation. In small amounts almonds are even healthy, as they have some valuable ingredients. Among other things, these can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Almonds: calories and ingredients
For almonds, a distinction is made between sweet almonds, potato almonds and bitter almonds. Who enjoys sweet almonds or almonds in moderation, is doing something good: Because the high-energy munching fruits contain - like other nuts - valuable minerals and vitamins. Almonds contain calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as vitamins B and E, among others. In addition, almonds have a particularly high proportion of folic acid - which makes them a valuable food, especially for pregnant women.
100 grams of almonds contain around 570 calories and are therefore real calorie bombs. The high calorie content is mainly due to the fact that almonds consist of almost 60 percent fat. In addition, they are made up of 19 percent protein, 15 percent crude fiber, 6 percent water and 2 percent carbohydrates. By the way, burnt almonds have as many calories as natural almonds, but their ingredients differ: burnt almonds are largely carbohydrates - and especially sugar.
Almonds: healthy enjoyment
In moderation, almonds can have a long-term beneficial effect on our health. Because in addition to healthy ingredients such as vitamins and minerals almonds also have many essential fatty acids to offer: Essential fatty acids are fatty acids understood that the body can not produce itself and therefore need to be absorbed through the diet. Among other things, they have an influence on hair, fingernails and fingernails as well as on the skin.
In addition, essential fatty acids are also important for important processes in the body, for example for digestion, for the immune system and for various cardiovascular functions. People who consume 20 grams of almonds a day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by half. In addition, healthy almonds can also affect our cholesterol levels because they are thought to have a cholesterol-lowering effect. Studies have shown that regular, moderate consumption of almonds leads to a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol.
Almonds are good for the skin
Almonds are not only delicious, but are also good for the care of the skin. For example, almond oil is included in many skincare products because it is mild and moisturizing. The most important ingredients of almond oil include linoleic acid and palmitic acid. Palmitic acid protects the skin, while linoleic acid makes it soft and supple. In addition, the skin is supplied with almond oil with moisture.
Tip: For an almond milk bath, mix two tablespoons of ground almonds with 15 milliliters of almond oil and 125 milliliters of milk and then simply pour the mixture into the bathwater.
Versatile peel fruit for baking and nibbling
With the common name "almond" is mainly the peel fruit of sweet almond tree meant. This is imported all year round from California and Mediterranean countries and presented salted, peeled, untreated or roasted in the trade.
In addition, exist as subspecies of the almond tree, the bitter almond and the barley almond. While buckwheat almonds, like sweet almonds, have a slightly nutty and rather sweet taste, bitter almonds have a bitter aroma. Bitter almonds have a harmful precursor of hydrogen cyanide (amygdalin) and are therefore not suitable for eating raw. Bitter almonds are industrially used to produce flavorings such as liqueur essences and bitter almond oil.