Almonds Health Benefits: Another Reason Why You Should Be Snacking On These Seeds

Adding almonds to your daily diet may help reduce your risk of having a cardiovascular disease. Researchers have found a link between regular consumption of the seeds and lower bad cholesterol and better endothelial function, a key indicator of vascular health. 

The new study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that almonds can be a good replacement for popular snacks such as biscuits and crisps if people want a healthier diet. Researchers said the seeds may help even those who already have above average risk of cardiovascular disease.

For the study, the team asked people to eat either almonds or a calorie-matched control snack for six weeks. Researchers looked into changes in the participants’ cardiometabolic health markers after adding the foods to their diets. 

By the end of the trial, those who consumed almonds daily had better endothelial function and LDL or bad cholesterol levels. The additional food helped reduce their cardiovascular disease risk by 32 percent.

The findings support an earlier study conducted by the same team, which showed the positive effects of eating almonds on the body. The research, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found that the seeds could help reduce waist circumference and BMI. 

In the previous study, researchers used a four-day food diary to assess the diets of more than 6,800 adults in the United Kingdom. It showed that the adults who ate almonds daily had a healthier diet because of increased intake of protein, total fat, vitamin C, fiber, potassium and other healthy supplements.

"Consumption of whole tree nuts such as almonds is an important part of a healthy diet," Wendy Hall, lead researcher of the two studies at King's College London, said as quoted by MedicalXpress. "Our research using a large U.K. population database shows that intakes are low in adults, but those who do report eating almonds are also more likely to consume healthier diets in general and have lower body fat."

Almond-eating groups also appeared with lower consumption of trans-fatty acids, total carbohydrate, sugar and sodium, which have been linked to different health problems like elevated blood pressure. 

Almonds A new study in the United Kingdom shows that regular consumption of almonds could help reduce the risk of having a cardiovascular disease because of its effects on bad cholesterol and endothelial function.  Pixabay

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