Back in 2014 Journal of the American Heart Association published a study related to almonds and reducing belly fat, and protect against heart disease.
The study was conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that eating almonds with a minimum weight of 1.5 ounces, or 42 grams daily also led to improved levels of low density lipoproteins and total cholesterol, reductions in waistbands and decreasing amounts of fat leg.
The research was consisted of 52 middle-aged adults are overweight with high levels of LDL cholesterol. Participants were divided into two groups. The first group was given a daily snack of 1.5 ounces of natural almonds, the second group was given banana muffin. Meals of the groups were identical and both starters were with the same amount of calories. After the first 6 weeks and a long period of recovery 2 weeks, the groups changed the types of sandwiches and continued with a second diet for 6 weeks.
What was discovered?
- When eating almonds, both groups had a decrease in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and no remnant lipoproteins.
- With the bun, both groups experienced a reduction in HDL (good) cholesterol.
- almond diet significantly reduces abdominal fat mass compared to the bun.