February 16th is National Almond Day. If you missed it, that’s OK. Still, the Almond Board of California used the opportunity to tell us all once again why almonds are great for us. Nine reasons are given, citing 9 studies, almost all of them suggesting that almonds can help you lower cholesterol. I can attest that my cholesterol has dropped since I started eating raw almonds daily. I can’t say for sure that’s the reason, but since my diet wasn’t especially changed, it’s the only one I could think of. Among the studies cited by the Almond Board.
- 100 grams of almonds a day added to the diet reduced cholesterol.
- Almonds lower LDL cholesterol while maintaining the good HDL.
- Almonds assist with LDL oxidization and plasma lipids in both men and women.
- Almonds used as snacks in the diets of hyperlipidemic subjects significantly reduce coronary heart disease risk factors.
- Almond-enriched diets do not alter insulin sensitivity in healthy adults or glycemia in patients with diabetes. Almonds show beneficial effects on serum lipids in healthy adults and produced changes similar to high monounsaturated fat oils in diabetic patients.