Almonds are known for their rich Vitamin properties, heralded as effective cure to heart diseases and now scientists have pushed it ahead as another remedy to reduce belly fat faster.
Adding a daily snack of 1.5 ounces or 42 grams of almonds instead of a high-carbohydrate muffin, as part of an overall healthy diet, reduced the risk factor of heart disease among participants in a study.
“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,” said lead author Claire Berryman from Pennsylvania State University.
“Choosing almonds as a snack may be a simple way to help fight the onset of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases,” Berryman said.
The study was conducted for 12-weeks in a clinical trial on 52 overweight, middle-aged adults who had high total LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol but healthy.
All participants were given cholesterol-lowering diets that were identical except one group that was given a daily snack of 42 gram of whole natural almonds, while another group was given a banana muffin with the same number of calories.
But all participants were provided full meals and snacks based on their calorie needs to maintain body weight ratio, and were monitored diet-wise for six weeks.
The results showed the diet containing the almond snack, compared to the muffin snack, decreased abdominal fat, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol non-HDL-cholesterol and other blood fats.
In comparison, the diet with the muffin snack reduced HDL, which is good cholesterol more than the almond diet. The study has been published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.