Let's hear it for almonds!!
New studies are confirming what we've known for a while now — dieters who want to snack should be reaching for the almonds!
Plus, it may lower your cholesterol!!
Here's what one of the researches said:
"Nuts, and in this case almonds, shouldn't be on the ‘do not eat' list, they can be effectively incorporated in a weight loss plan, with the caveat that they have to be portion controlled."
In the study, they took a bunch of people and put them on a calorie regiment, then told some they could eat extra almonds and some that they couldn't.
After a year, nobody could tell who was losing more weight — the extra calories from almonds almost didn't matter.
They thing the COULD tell was that the almond group's cholesterol had fallen!
The researcher continued:
"This shows you can include almonds in the context of a weight control program, lose a significant amount of weight and get nice additional benefits in terms of cholesterol and triglycerides."
In the end, it's a good thing the little buggers taste good — otherwise this would be a stupid statistic.
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