Although it’s already widely known that the fat gained from almond is beneficial to your health but few people consume almond as daily snack due to the fact to the fear of weight gain. A recent study published in British Journal of Nutrition challenged that widely known fact by doing a research which proved otherwise. In truth, if consumed regularly, almonds can actually block some fat from being absorbed.

In the study, the researchers involved 20 overweight women to eat two different diet plans. First they divided the women into two groups, the first group was asked to follow a normal diet plan with addition of consuming 56 grams of almonds everyday for 10 weeks while the other group was told do follow their diet plan but wasn’t instructed to eat almonds at all for 10 weeks. Then both groups were asked to break before switching their diet plan.

As a result, the group who consumed almond didn’t experience any weight gain at all and in turn they got some of their dietary nutrition requirements from almonds. While 56 grams of almonds contain around 344 calories, in reality we will only get 77 calories from 56 grams of almonds according to the research.

Here are some conclusions that I gained from the research:
1. A cup of almond decreases total carbohydrate intake in a given day.
2. The fiber structure in almond prevents some fat from being absorbed.
3. Almonds can reduce blood sugar level which often leads people to eat more than they should.

It’s a pity that I can’t easily get almonds here. It seems that the importers don’t import almonds very often and when they do, the price usually skyrockets. I can’t really consume almond as much as I want due to that obstacle. If almonds are plentiful there then by all means start consuming it.

13 comments:

  1. Angelina said...

    Many almonds come with prepackaged seasoning such as salted or honey almond though, those 'flavored' almonds are higher in calories I presume.

  2. Leigh said...

    I love eating all nuts as a snack any time , also with some currants or raisins. As long as yopu don't over do it they are a healthy snack in my opinion.

  3. Anonymous said...

    I stumbled upon this site :). That was an interesting research but I've always known that Almond is rich in vitamin E but I never knew that they have some 'fat blocking' ability.

  4. Brice said...

    I didn't realise these facts until now. Perhaps I should be giving these a chance.

  5. Nicole said...

    I am a big fan of any nuts in general and almond is indeed one of my favorite. It's big enough to nibble and it goes well with a lot of dishes. I'll show this research to my husband next time he's complaining about having almonds in his yogurt!

  6. Shane said...

    Have always found almonds way to oily to eat so think I will give them a miss.

  7. steve said...

    I love almonds! This is great information...thanks for posting...

    --Steve

  8. cbenc12 said...

    Almond is my favourite nuts!!!

  9. Scott said...

    Hhhmmm, interesting study. Although I don't find their taste all that delicious, I think I will begin to include some almonds in my daily diet.

    Thanks for the tip, Cherry!

  10. Health Freak Mommy said...

    I love almonds, esp dry roasted ones without any salt and sugar. When I first started out on my diet plan years ago, I munched on almonds a lot - breakfast, lunch and snacks. Till today, I'm still crazy over them. The best are raw almonds as the healthy oil is still intact.

  11. Anonymous said...

    I eat almonds as a snack every day. I was given a diet plan by my gym that suggested it and I find just a small amount of them stops me from wanting too much else between meals. It works great :)

  12. annarossetta said...

    I found this almond diet plan where you loose 20 pounds in 30 days. Tried it works fast and I feel great.
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  13. Anonymous said...

    I just ate a cup of soaked almonds for my dinner and stumbled on this site.Try soaking them 12 hours and eat'em. You'll fall in love with almonds.



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