Snacking on almonds reduces heart disease risk

8 January 2015 

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, has found that snacking on 1.5 ounces of almonds each day can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Researchers at Penn State University revealed that having nuts instead of a high-carbohydrate muffin each day as part an overall healthy diet improved a number of heart disease risk factors. As well as reducing total cholesterol, eating a small portion of almonds instead of muffins, also brought down belly fat, which is linked to heart disease.

The 12-week, randomized, controlled clinical study included 52 overweight, middle-aged adults who had high total and LDL cholesterol but were otherwise healthy. Participants ate cholesterol-lowering diets, which were exactly the same apart from the addition of a daily snack of 1.5 ounces (42g) of whole natural almonds, while the other group was given a banana muffin that provided the same number of calories. 

Participants were provided all meals and snacks in amounts based on their calorie needs to maintain body weight, and followed each diet for six weeks.

Posted by ​Phillip Briggs 

 

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