Can Almonds Help Reduce Your Belly Fat?

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Consuming almonds helps a person in burning away belly fat, in addition to protecting against heart diseases. According to research, consuming almonds weighing at least 1.5 ounces, or 42 grams, daily also led to improved levels of low-density lipoproteins and total cholesterol, reductions in waistlines and decreased amounts of leg fat.

 A 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, revealed that consuming almonds reduce belly fat, in addition to protecting against heart diseases.

The study was conducted by researchers from Penn State University found that consuming almonds weighing at least 1.5 ounces, or 42 grams, daily also led to improved levels of low-density lipoproteins and total cholesterol, reductions in waistlines and decreased amounts of leg fat.

In the study, 52 overweight, middle-aged adults who had high total and LDL cholesterol but were otherwise healthy were divided into two groups of which one group was given a daily snack of 1.5 ounces of whole natural almonds, while the other group was given a banana muffin. Both group’s meals were otherwise identical and the two snacks contained the same number of calories. After the initial 6 weeks and a 2 week long recovery period, the groups switched snack types and continued with a second 6-week long diet.

The researchers discovered:

• When eating almonds, both groups had a decrease in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol non-HDL-cholesterol and remnant lipoproteins.

• When eating the muffin snack, both groups experienced a reduced HDL (good) cholesterol more than while on the almond diet.

• Despite no differences in body weight or total fat mass, the almond diet significantly reduced abdominal fat mass, waist circumference and leg fat mass compared to the diet with the muffin snack.

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