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Almonds Improve “Good” Cholesterol

Sharon Palmer

As you know, I’m a fan of eating nuts and suggest that you include a handful every day in your diet. They are good for heart health, healthy weight, and your gut bacteria, among other things. And now a new study gives you one more reason to munch on almonds. Eating almonds every day increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and improves its function in the body, according to researchers. In two separate six-week diet periods, which involved 48 men and women with elevated LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, participants’ diets were the same except one group snacked on a handful (43 grams) of almonds, while the other snacked on a banana muffin. The almond snackers’ HDL increased by 19 percent and improved cholesterol function (gathering cholesterol and helping transport it from the body) by more than six percent in normal weight individuals.

So, include more almonds in your diet. Check out my blog on almonds here. And some of my favorite almond recipes, such as Strawberry Coconut Almond Coffee Cake and Lavender Almond Cookies.

Journal of Nutrition, June 2017. Read the full study here: https://jn.nutrition.org/content/147/8/1517

Image:  Apricot Almond Tart, Sharon Palmer, RDN

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