Scientists at king’s College London found that the replacement of such popular snacks as cookies and chips, almonds improves endothelial function (the lining of blood vessels) and reduces bad cholesterol, a refuge from cardiovascular diseases. Specialist papers published in the journal European Journal of Nutrition and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study involved 6802 adults who filled out food diaries for four days. Those who consumed the almonds had a more healthy diet and eat foods that are high in protein, vitamin C, fiber and other healthful components. They also consume less foods that contain TRANS fats, carbohydrates and sodium. Waist circumference among fans of almond was less than 2.1 cm, and body mass index — eight kilograms per square meter, compared with those who did not eat nuts.
In another experiment, people with high risk of coronary heart disease within six weeks of consuming almonds or plain snacks. It turned out that if you replace 20 percent of the carbohydrates consumed almonds, the risk of cardiovascular diseases decreases by 32 percent.
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