You might be a type of person that simply don’t exercise that much. Maybe you have no time to do it, or maybe you are just not a sport fanatic. But how can you have a nice, curvy waist if you don’t exercise?
How’s snacking sounds to you? Yes, you read that right! Snacking A.K.A eating! Seems like it doesn’t make any sense at all but it actually make sense and proofed to be right! Just keep in mind that snacking here doesn’t mean that you can eat any food the world has to offer.
Don’t even consider any fast food!
You know that french fries will never ever shrink your waistline unless you just stare at it. The snack that we are talking about here is actually Almonds.
Almonds are one of the favorite snacks, and it’s become pretty well-known as a super food and loaded with tons of health benefits. Koreans are going crazy with this snack. But why not? It tastes good and it’s good for your health.
A new study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has given us another solid reason to support one of our favorite snacks.
During the study two groups of participants who all had high LDL (bad cholesterol) levels each followed a healthy diet for 12 weeks. During the first six weeks, one group enjoyed a 1.5-ounce portion of almonds for a snack, while the other group ate a carbohydrate-rich muffin for a snack. Aside from the snack, the two groups had the same diet. The groups switched snacks for the second six weeks but again otherwise followed the same diet.
Researchers found that when the two groups snacked on the almonds rather than the muffins, they reduced both their LDL and total cholesterol levels. Plus, eating the almonds raised their HDL (good) cholesterol levels, while eating the muffin decreased HDL levels.
What’s more is that even though overall body weight did not change when participants were snacking on almonds versus muffins, their belly fat and waist circumference went down.
Both the muffin and the portion of almonds contained nearly the same number of calories (273 and 253, respectively) and both diets had the same overall number of calories. This evidence shows strong support for the argument that it’s the quality of calories that make for a healthy diet, not just quantity. The fact that almonds are rich in protein, fiber, and vitamin E —nutrients muffins score much lower in—most likely played a role in the results of this study.
If you’re curious what almonds has to offer to you, you might want to read this carefully;
Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect against oxidative stress, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, with just one ounce providing 37% of the recommended daily intake.
Nuts are low in carbs, but high in healthy fats, protein and fiber. This makes them a perfect choice for diabetics. However, another thing that sets almonds apart, is their remarkably high amount of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control.
The magnesium in almonds may also help to lower blood pressure levels. High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading drivers of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Studies have shown that correcting a magnesium deficiency can lead to major reductions in blood pressure.
What you eat can have major effects on LDL levels, and some studies have shown almonds to be effective. A 16-week study in 65 pre-diabetic subjects found that a diet with 20% of calories from almonds lowered LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 12.4 mg/dL.
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