HighlightsPacked with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein, almonds offer a host of health benefits.Almonds are high-fat foods that are good for your heart.A recent study shows that almonds cause a significant reduction not only in total cholesterol, but also LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides. Almonds are rich in fats, especially health-promoting fats like monounsaturated fats found in olive oil. A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of almonds reportedly contains a total of 160 calories with 6 grams of plant-based protein, 4 grams of filling dietary fiber, 13 grams of unsaturated fats ("good" fats), essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin E (50% DV), magnesium (20% DV) and potassium (6% DV). Past studies have associated almonds to cause a significant reduction in risk of heart disease. Go Nuts!!! Eat Almonds for a Healthy Heart A recent systematic review and meta-analysis, conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA), demonstrates that eating almonds cause a significant reduction in total cholesterol, LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol or "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, however, has no effect on HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol or "good" cholesterol levels. It also reveals that almonds could cause a substantial improvement in lipid levels at a dose of 45g/day. ‘Munch on a handful of almonds if you are concerned about your heart health!!!!’ Lead study author, Dr. Kathy Musa-Veloso, who is a Director of Health Claims and Clinical Trials at Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy, and her associates analyzed 18 published randomized controlled trials, which had a total of 837 participants across all the studies. The results of this study are published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. ObservationsTotal cholesterol Results from all studies revealed the reduction in total cholesterol to be 0.153 mmol/L (5.92 mg/dL). However, when the dose of almonds consumed was at least 45 g/day (~1.5 oz/day), the reduction in total cholesterol was found to be 0.212 mmol/L (8.20 mg/dL). Thus the effect of almond on total cholesterol was found to be dose-dependent, the larger the intake of almond, the greater was the reduction in total cholesterol. When studies were analyzed in which patients had elevated total cholesterol levels (at baseline), the reduction in total cholesterol was found to be 0.271 mmol/L (10.48 mg/dL), suggesting that the effects of almonds on total cholesterol levels were quite significant in these subjects.LDL-cholesterol When data from all of the studies were pooled, the reduction in LDL-C was reported to be 0.124 mmol/L (4.80 mg/dL). When the studies in which the total dose of almonds consumed were at least 45 g (~1.5 oz), the LDL-C reductions were reported to be 0.132 mmol/L (5.10 mg/dL).However, the analysis of studies in which the subjects had elevated LDL-C levels at baseline, the reduction was reported to be 0.158 mmol/L (6.11 mg/dL). Other Observations The authors noted that three studies demonstrated significant reductions in body weight in almond intervention group as compared to the control group.One such study is a 6 weeks trial by Berryman et al, which revealed a significant reduction in body weight, waist circumference and body composition (including abdominal fat mass) for patients on almond diet when compared to patients on a control diet. Another study conducted by Novotny et al. in 2012, showed that not all of the energy in almonds is actually metabolizable and it is important to maintain a healthy weight, along with consumption of a healthy diet to help promote heart health. Dr. Kathy Musa-Veloso commented, "These results strengthen decades of research about how the regular consumption of almonds can favorably impact blood lipid levels and have a positive effect on heart health. The consumption of almonds as part of a healthy diet should be encouraged in order to improve blood lipid levels and reduce the risk of heart disease."Source: Medindia << Obese Kidney Cancer Patients Survive Longer Compared to Norm... Obesity Risk Increases by 15% in Children Via Caesarean Birt... >> Recommended Reading Health Benefits of Almond Oil Almond oil promotes heart health, stabilizes blood sugar levels, helps you maintain healthy body weight, and protects your skin from sun damage. Here's complete information on almond oil, their types, their nutritional value and their health ... 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