Almonds Promote Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many studies have tried to determine the potential causes of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor diet, diabetes, physical inactivity, and being overweight and/or obese are all considered high risk indicators for developing heart disease.
What can we do to help prevent cardiovascular disease? A recent study tested the effects of daily almond consumption on cardiovascular health risk in adults with elevated LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). For six weeks, individuals were given 42.5 g or approximately one third of a cup of almonds daily. The results showed that the “almond diet” decreased LDL-cholesterol by 5.3 mg, indicating that daily almond consumption could have a positive effect on lowering cholesterol and contribute to heart health.
Many other studies have shown the benefits of consuming raw nuts. This does not mean consuming raw nuts every day will completely prevent you from developing heart disease. But it could help control elevated cholesterol levels. The best way to help prevent heart disease is to be physically active every day and to eat a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish. And don’t forget to include a serving of nuts each day.