From a botanical point of view, almonds do not belong to the group of nuts, but are the kernels of so-called stone fruits. They belong to the same family as apricots, pistachios, peaches and also coconut. Almonds are seeds of the almond tree, which probably originated in the Middle East.
Since relatively recently, not only almonds themselves, but also by-products such as almond oil are used. The field of application is very wide and ranges from cosmetics to gastronomy.
Almonds are subjected to high pressure and thus protein is extracted from them. This is enriched with other ingredients or used pure.
Depending on the manufacturer and further processing, almond protein can also be just classic almond flour. Depending on further processing, the protein content is then lower or higher than 50%. So whether the package says almond flour or almond protein is not that important. More important to pay attention to how high the protein content.
Almonds provide a supply of plenty of energy:
The favorable fat composition of the almond is particularly noteworthy: 70% consists of monounsaturated fatty acids, 20% of polyunsaturated fatty acids and 10% of saturated.
Almonds are particularly rich in omega 9 fatty acids, which can have a favorable effect on HDL cholesterol levels and thus positively influence the oxygen supply to the cells.
Almonds are also rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin E and vitamin B.
|Vital substances||Content per 100 gram|
|Vitamin E||24 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0,5 mg|
Since magnesium and calcium are contained at the same time in the right ratio, the two minerals can be very well absorbed by the body and optimally utilized.
In addition to the high mineral content, vitamin E is extremely important for athletes, because it serves as an effective antioxidant and protects against free radicals. It also protects the unsaturated fatty acids in the almond from oxidation. Thus, these are stably available to the body.
Zinc supports a healthy immune system. Vitamin B1 exhibits a nerve-strengthening effect, and vitamin B2 can optimize energy metabolism at the cellular level.
In summary, there are numerous advantages (for athletes):
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