The Healthy Snack that Can Actually Improve Your Health
A study sought to evaluate the effect of an almond-enriched
low-calorie diet on body composition and metabolism in a weight
reduction program. The results showed that supplementation with almonds,
in contrast to complex carbohydrates, was associated with greater
reductions in weight and BMI, waist circumference, fat mass, total body
water and systolic blood pressure.
According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:
“The findings suggest that an almond-enriched [low-calorie diet]
improves a preponderance of the abnormalities associated with the
metabolic syndrome ... Almond supplementation ... is a novel alternative
to self-selected complex carbohydrates and has a potential role in
reducing the public health implications of obesity.”
In related news, another study from as far back as 2002 showed that
almonds used as snacks could significantly reduce coronary heart disease
risk factors, probably because of the healthy components of the nut.
Green Med Info
September 2002; 106(11): 1327-1332
Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders November 2003;
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Even though the low-fat craze of the 90s is over, many people still
resist snacking on nuts because they believe they're fattening. It
remains one of the biggest nutritional myths of all time that if you eat
a food high in fat, even healthy fat, it will make you fat. But as the
above studies show, nuts like almonds are actually a sensible snack if
you're trying to lose weight, and they have added health benefits as
What's Better for Weight Loss -- Almonds or Complex Carbs?
If you're watching your weight, a small handful of almonds is a better
snack choice than a snack high in complex carbohydrates, such as a bran
muffin. In one study comparing those who ate a low-calorie diet that
included either almonds or complex carbs, the almond group had a:
•62 percent greater reduction in their weight/BMI,
•50 percent greater reduction in waist circumference
•56 percent greater reduction in body fat
A separate study in the journal Obesity also found that eating nuts two
or more times per week was associated with a reduced risk of weight
Other research has further proven that almonds confer superior health
benefits to complex carbs like whole-wheat muffins; a study in
Circulation found people with abnormally high level of lipids, such as
cholesterol, in their blood, were able to significantly reduce their
risk factors for coronary heart disease by snacking on whole almonds.
Those who snacked on whole-wheat muffins got no such benefit.
What Makes Almonds so Healthy?
Although almonds are referred to as nuts, they are technically the seed
(or pit) of the almond fruit. And, like most whole foods, they are
naturally rich in a variety of nutrients and antioxidants that help your
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