Almond nut is among the many nuts that can do you great good and that is a fact, despite the fact that that they are calorie dense.
A perfect reason to apply moderation when including them on your chowing list.
Researchers theorized that a subgroup called alpha-1 HDL—which are large and mature and better able to leech bad cholesterol from the blood—would increase when almonds were part of the diet, helping to explain how the nuts affect cholestorel levels.
For the study they put 48 adults with high LDL levels on two diets for six weeks. Consumed food was exactly the same on the diets, but the snack varied between 43g (about a handful) of almonds or a banana muffin on the control days. At the end of the study, they found that the almond diet increased the alpha-1 HDL by 19% and boosted HDL function by almost 7%.
“We were able to show that there were more larger particles in response to consuming the almonds compared to not consuming almonds,” said study co-author Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at Penn State. “That would translate to the smaller particles doing what they’re supposed to be doing. They’re going to tissues and pulling out cholesterol, getting bigger, and taking that cholesterol to the liver for removal from the body.” 1