Fat and calorie content
Almonds – like many Nut kernels– are well known for their various health benefits. Although almond kernels contain around 50 percent fat, these fats are largely unsaturated fatty acids. These are far healthier than the saturated type and positively affect the cardiovascular system, blood fat values as well as overall and LDL cholesterol levels. The secondary plant substances and fibre they contain also have a beneficial effect on cholesterol. But almonds should only be consumed in moderation due to the high calorific content. The German Nutrition Society recommends eating 25 grams of almond kernels per day.
At almost 600 kilocalories per 100 grams, the calorie content of almonds is relatively high. However, studies have shown that the human body only absorbs two thirds of these calories. The cause for this can likely be found in the fibre content and the stability of the almond cell walls. These factors impede calorie intake. Moreover, almonds provide a lasting feeling of satiety and reduce hunger cravings. Almond kernels are suitable for an alkaline diet, unlike hazelnuts or walnuts .