Contributed by: Ciara Floyd, M.S., NSCF-CPT, NSCA-CSCS
Almonds have long been considered a healthy food choice. Previous research has shown almonds to be significant in weight loss, appetite control, and managing blood pressure. But recent research has found that it can aid in lowering LDL, “Bad” cholesterol, and raising HDL, “Good” cholesterol. A high proportion of LDL in the body can lead to plaque buildup in the arteries. HDL is responsible for managing LDL in the body and decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Although beneficial, be careful when adding almonds to your diet because it is easy to eat too many. One serving of almonds is about 23 almonds and contains roughly 165 calories. Be careful of the type of almonds you are eating, many of the almonds sold in stores are processed with added calories and sugar, so it is better to buy plain almonds to avoid excess calories.