According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, consuming 42 grams of almonds (around 35 almonds) daily could improve levels of low-density lipoproteins and total cholesterol and help to reduce waistline and leg fat apart from protecting against heart disease.
The study was conducted on 52 middled-aged people. They had high LDL and cholesterol levels. They were given diet that could reduce their body fat along with snack including almonds. After some time, cholesterol level in their body and fat mass in their abdomen decreased.
Claire Berryman, the lead researcher of the study, said, “Our research found that substituting almonds for a high-carbohydrate snack improved numerous heart health risk factors, including the new finding that eating almonds reduced belly fat.” The study was conducted by researchers of Penn State University.
Facts to know:
One study reported that almonds increase the levels of alpha tocopherol in the blood stream. Tocopherol is an antioxidant that lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow.
Almond is known to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. It is rich in minerals, fiber, vitamins etc.
Almond contains folic acid, which is important for the development of cells and biotin. Biotin improves skin quality, fight against hair loss, and prevents weight gain. It also lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Almond is low in carbs and high in fiber and vitamin E. Vitamin E protects against heart diseases and sunstroke. It is vital for healty skin and hair.
High levels of mono and polyunsaturated fats in almonds help in reducing total cholesterol and raising healthy cholesterol (HDL).